Going through a divorce can be a difficult time and it often can be hard to navigate the process. Suzanne Hale Robinson, attorney at Roth Davies Trial Lawyers, is here with what to expect during the domestic litigation phase. First, let’s talk about the standard temporary orders. Suzanne: When you file a divorce, the court issues four standard temporary orders in most cases. The four standard orders include no cancelling any policies of insurance, no bothering, molesting, harassing, or interfering with the other party’s right to privacy, no encumbering any property, no taking out mortgages, spending money that you wouldn’t spend aside from day to day expenses, the exceptions to that would be to pay attorney’s fee, or costs you are ordered to pay by the court, like child support, or by agreement of the parties. Then the fourth order is no hiding any documents, assets, and things like that. There are a lot of those things that I haven’t even heard of. People actually do those things, so they have to have those rules. Is there a possibility of other temporary orders that may occur? Suzanne: Yes, so those are the four standard temporary orders that you can get. You can file a Motion for Temporary Orders when you file your divorce as well and ask for orders regarding child support, child custody, possession of the marital home, things like that. You can ask the court for any of those things. Then it is up to the court to decide what would appropriate temporary orders in this case be. Can these orders be modified at all? When they are set in place is there anything that you can do to modify them? Suzanne: Yes, so the idea of these temporary orders is to give the parties some sense of structure while the divorce is pending before we get to the final divorce decree. That can take years in some cases. The court will modify those orders by request of the parties if that is appropriate. So, you would file a Motion to Modify Temporary Orders. Typically, the parties will work together to try to come up with some agreement. This is things that affect their lives, and their kids, and their finances. So, it is always better to have the parties figure out what the temporary orders are going to look like instead of having to have a judge decide for you.