Temporary Relief & Divorce: How It Can Help You

As the name implies, temporary relief orders offer short-term solutions to assist spouses while their divorce is in process or is being contested. Their purpose is to ensure that spouses can individually support themselves and their children during the divorce proceedings.

In all temporary relief hearings, you are required to show the court proof that justifies your request. For example, if the house breadwinner leaves their spouse and child, the spouse left behind can file for custody and child support relief. A temporary order can also require a wealthier spouse to pay for their ex’s litigation fees. In more serious cases, a temporary custody order and temporary restraining order can be issued to protect the best interests of a child.

Temporary relief options include:

  • Child support
  • Child custody
  • Alimony
  • Custody and visitation rights
  • Litigation fees
  • Asset freezing
  • Property Division
  • Restraining orders

To receive a court order for temporary relief, you will need to prepare certain documents for your hearing:

  • The first is the Order to Show Cause, which will dictate which relief option you are requesting from the court.
  • Your written supporting declaration will list why the temporary order is legally justifiable.
  •  A proof of service will notify the court that copies of the papers have been delivered to your spouse.
  • Most importantly, you will need a proposed temporary order, which will be signed by the judge should the court approve your relief request.

If you are interested in obtaining a temporary relief option, it is highly recommended that you retain the services of a divorce attorney to assist you in compiling the information and documents you’ll require. At Smith Law Offices, LLC, we have more than two decades of experience in divorce and family law cases. Our meticulous and thorough legal team has a comprehensive understanding of the Missouri legal system and can help you request a relief order. Contact us today at (636) 400-1177 for more information.   

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