A highly contested divorce case could take several years. You and your soon-to-be-former spouse will lead separate lives during that time. You will have to navigate the challenges associated with your finances and splitting time with the children. You can have your attorneys draft a temporary order for your divorce case to make things more manageable for you and your spouse. Although it is not permanent, it addresses many of the issues you face while waiting for your divorce to be finalized. These temporary orders are legally binding and can last until you have reached a final divorce settlement.
The Benefits of Being Methodical
Nobody wishes their divorce process lasted longer. It is a stressful and highly emotional time in your life, and you are likely ready to put your divorce in the past. That said, there can be tremendous long-term gains from having a temporary divorce order in place, even if the process isn’t going to take an extended amount of time.
It would help if you lived out your new life for a few months to discover where the problem areas are. For example, your temporary order could include a plan for how to want to approach the custody of your children. It could outline visitation plans, child support, and which spouse will remain in the house. These are essential things to bring up because if you rush to finalize an order, it will be based on your situation at the time it is written.
After a few months of living apart, your lives may change. You or your spouse may realize there is insufficient money to run two households, and one person may choose to return to work. This could impact child support and your visitation schedule. When you draft these plans, you will devise ways to split the holidays and school vacations with your kids. Because there are several ways to do this, your first schedule may not be the right one for your family.
Hit Every Bump in the Road
When you have a temporary order, it is entirely okay if you realize that your original plan isn’t working out the way you had hoped. This is a good thing because the order is temporary. When you and your attorney talk about the final agreement, you can bring up the things that didn’t work in the temporary one.
Additionally, as time goes by and you process your emotions, you may be in a better head space to have better conversations about what your final agreement should look like. In Washington state, there are parenting seminar classes that are going to provide you with a lot of information that you may not have thought of previously. Great! Take your newfound perspective and apply it to your final agreement.
Meet with a Family Law Attorney Today!
We are compassionate and have extensive experience with family law matters. Our goal is to assist you in making decisions that set you and your family up for the long term. Divorce is challenging, and we don’t want you to endure unnecessary disputes that continue over a drawn-out divorce process. Contact ZafiroLaw to schedule your consultation.