An interim family order can do many things, but its primary function is to hold agreements made before trial in place until a trial is able to take place. Trials can take a year or longer to transpire, because the courts can be very busy and litigation takes time. If you want to separate in the meantime, it can be helpful to have the interim order.
If you have children, an interim order can help you make sure that you have solidified custody arrangements in place until your case goes to court. If you and your ex can agree on the arrangement, then it will be called a consent order. If not, then the interim order still works until you can go to trial to work out your differences.
An interim order can be put in place until you decide on a final agreement, too. Here’s a good example: If you and your ex have roughly decided how to split your assets but want to separate until trial and wait until trial to actually divide those assets, then the interim order can work as a way to make sure the assets are still available as part of the original arrangement when the time comes for them to be split. This can also help a judge see what you want, or don’t want, to share with the other person or have for yourself.
An interim order can be used for child custody, potentially support arrangements, and initial asset division agreements. Whatever you need to work out, this can be the first step toward a final decision in your case.
Source: Legal Services Society, “How to get an interim family order,” accessed May. 13, 2015
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