Temporary Orders

In Texas divorce and child custody cases, temporary orders play a crucial role in providing immediate relief and establishing temporary arrangements while proceedings are ongoing. Temporary orders address various issues related to child custody, visitation, financial support, and property division until a final resolution is reached through negotiation or trial.

Temporary Orders

Types of Temporary Orders

Temporary orders in Texas divorce and child custody cases typically address the following key areas.

Temporary Child Custody and Visitation

These orders establish temporary custody and visitation arrangements for the children involved in the divorce. They outline which parent will have primary custody of the children during the divorce proceedings and establish a visitation schedule for the non-custodial parent. These orders aim to provide stability and continuity for the children while the divorce is pending.

Temporary Child Support

Temporary orders may also address the issue of child support during the divorce process. They may require one parent to make temporary child support payments to the other parent to help cover the child’s financial needs while the divorce is pending. The amount of temporary child support is typically determined based on the Texas child support guidelines and each parent’s income and financial resources.

Temporary Spousal Support (Alimony)

In some cases, they may also address the issue of temporary spousal support, also known as alimony. Temporary spousal support payments may be ordered to help support a spouse who is financially dependent on the other spouse during the divorce process.

The amount and duration of temporary spousal support are determined based on factors such as each spouse’s income, earning capacity, and financial needs.

Temporary Possession and Use of Property

These may also address the possession and use of marital property during the divorce proceedings. They may specify which spouse will remain in the family home or how other marital assets such as cars, bank accounts, and personal belongings will be divided or used during the divorce process.

Restraining Orders and Temporary Injunctions

In cases involving domestic violence, harassment, or other concerns, temporary orders may include restraining orders or temporary injunctions to protect the safety and well-being of the parties involved. These orders may prohibit one spouse from harassing, threatening, or contacting the other spouse or children during the divorce process.

In cases of imminent danger or emergencies, the petitioner may request a temporary restraining order (TRO) from the court. A TRO can be granted without a full hearing and provides immediate protection until a hearing can be held to determine whether a permanent restraining order is warranted.

Process for Temporary Orders in Texas

Temporary orders in Texas divorce and child custody cases are typically issued by the court after one or both spouses file a petition for divorce and request temporary relief.

The court may hold a hearing to consider evidence and arguments from both parties before issuing these orders. Once issued, they remain in effect until the final resolution of the divorce, at which point they may be modified or replaced by final orders.

It’s important to note that these orders are legally binding and enforceable, and both parties are required to comply with their terms. Failure to comply with temporary orders may result in legal consequences, including contempt of court charges.


Overall, temporary orders play a critical role in Texas divorce and child custody cases by providing temporary relief, maintaining stability, and protecting the rights and interests of all parties involved during the divorce process.

They help ensure that essential issues such as child custody, support, and property division are addressed fairly and equitably while the divorce proceedings are ongoing.

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