In Texas, there is a mandatory, 60-day waiting period from the date a divorce is filed before it can be finalized, but most cases take longer than that to finish. This is because it is often necessary to gather significant financial and child related information before the parties can begin negotiations or go to trial. In the interim period, it is not uncommon for the parties to have Temporary Orders that establish rules for conduct while the divorce is pending. Temporary Orders usually include allocation of bills, payment of temporary support, temporary use of property, temporary child possession and the like. If the parties cannot agree on these things, a Temporary Orders Hearing will be conducted early in the case.
Temporary Orders Hearings are essentially fast-tracked trials and can be one of the most expensive phases in the divorce process. Sometimes there are custody issues that cannot be deferred, but in many cases the fight has to do with finances. For example, common arguments revolve around who will pay credit card bills and utilities while the case is pending. In these cases, the parties risk spending more on a hearing to allocate temporary expenses than it is really worth, especially since Temporary Orders do not make any final determinations about dividing property and debts. Consequently, compromises on temporary matters are preferable whenever possible. This allows the parties and attorneys to focus their efforts on finalizing the case as quickly as possible.
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