Divorce can be a challenging and lengthy process, especially when both parties involved cannot reach an agreement on key issues.
In Illinois, during a contested divorce, the court can issue temporary orders to address various matters until the final divorce decree happens.
Child custody and visitation
When children are part of a contested divorce, their well-being becomes a top priority. Temporary orders can determine who has custody of the children and how visitation rights will work. The court will consider the best interests of the children, aiming to maintain stability and a healthy environment during the divorce proceedings.
To ensure parents meet childrens’ financial needs, the court may issue temporary orders for child support. These orders outline the amount one party must pay to the other to cover the children’s expenses until reaching a final decision. It is important that these orders are fair and reasonable, taking into account both parties’ financial circumstances.
In some cases, one spouse may be eligible for temporary spousal support, also known as maintenance. These orders provide financial assistance to the lower-earning spouse during the divorce process. The court considers factors such as each spouse’s income, assets and needs when determining the amount and duration of support.
Property and debt division
Division of property and debts can be contentious during a divorce. Temporary orders can dictate the management of assets and debts while the divorce is ongoing. The courts focus on making these orders clear and equitable to prevent any financial hardships for either party.
Unfortunately, many of the nearly 689,000 divorces that happen each year come with the added challenge of not getting along or agreeing. Temporary orders provide direction while waiting for the final settlement.