Georgia Divorce Temporary Orders
A divorce proceeding is often a very involved and lengthy process, especially when the divorce is contested and there are issues of child custody and property division to be sorted out.
In these circumstances, a judge may issue a temporary order that will address these critical matters until the final divorce decree is issued.
One of the first concerns may be who is going to remain in the marital residence during the divorce proceedings. A judge can make a determination on this issue as part of the temporary order.
Other property matters can be addressed with a mutual restraining order, which will freeze all major assets such as:
- Retirement accounts
- Brokerage accounts
- Money market accounts
This is intended to prevent one party from hiding or dissipating any assets before the divorce is finalized.
Child Custody Matters
When children are involved, there will typically be a temporary hearing to determine issues such as custody, child support and visitation rights for the duration of the divorce proceedings. During the hearing, both parties will have the opportunity to testify and present evidence.
It is important to remember that the temporary order will only remain in effect until the final divorce decree is determined; however, the impressions made at the temporary hearing can set a precedent that may impact the final outcome.