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A divorce can take a while, so ask for temporary orders

Ending a marriage whether here in Massachusetts or elsewhere is a process. Depending on the situation, it could take months to finalize a divorce. Life does not stop during this time, however. Bills still need to be paid, and parents still need to see their children. This is why temporary orders exist since they provide some certainty in a time when life is changing rapidly.

Who gets to stay in the family home? Who serves as the primary caregiver for the children? Who gets to keep what vehicle? These and other questions can be answered through temporary orders. Massachusetts couples wanting to resolve these matters as they wait for their divorces to be finalized could request for some of these decisions to be made now, pending the outcome of the divorce proceedings.

The parties could reach their own temporary agreement to present to the court as well. It is not necessary for the court to make these decisions, but it will need to approve them to protect the parties should either one of them fail to follow the agreement. Temporary orders are only meant to be effective until the divorce proceedings are  actually heard by the court, though the decisions made could have an impact on the court's final ruling.

Temporary orders can help the parties move forward with their daily lives despite the uncertainty of the divorce process. Even if the parties are attempting to work out their divorce issues without court intervention, it is important to make sure that each party protects his or her rights. A family law attorney can help accomplish that goal.

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