If you are considering divorce, you may be concerned about how you will manage financially during the divorce process and whether you will be able to stay in your home especially when children are involved. It can take months to get a final judgement that will address property division, spousal and child support, and child visitation so many will file a motion for temporary orders asking the court to deal with these important issues as they await a final hearing.
Motion for Temporary Child Support or Spousal Maintenance
A motion for temporary child support or spousal maintenance is to provide for the needs of the party requesting it until the final hearing is held. Someone requesting temporary child support or maintenance must file a motion with the court providing a financial affidavit accompanied by pertinent financial documents such as pay stubs, tax returns and bank statements to demonstrate their need for support.
Temporary Support Hearing
At the hearing for temporary orders, which may be scheduled in days or few weeks depending on the circumstances, the court will order temporary child support and spousal maintenance based on the individual facts of the case including each party’s needs, the needs of any children, and the standard of living of living during the marriage.
The court will also consider the respondent’s ability to pay, using state guidelines that factor in each spouse’s income and the parenting time arrangement. The temporary order will terminate when the final order is entered or in the event the petition for dissolution of marriage is dismissed.
Contact an Experienced Illinois Divorce Lawyer
While some couples may be able to reach a temporary arrangement for sharing expenses as you resolve other issues in the divorce, many more may seek temporary orders for support. If you have questions regarding temporary orders in a divorce, contact the Lake county Illinois family law offices of Ronald L Bell & Associates P.C. for immediate assistance at 847-495-6000.