Is a Florida Pre-Trial Order a Divorce?

by Heather Frances J.D. Google
Temporary orders can help families get support during the divorce process.

Temporary orders can help families get support during the divorce process.

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In terms of emotional ties, a marriage may end quickly, but obtaining a legal divorce can take months or even years. Thus, Florida law allows judges to issue temporary orders to govern divorcing spouses' conduct before the divorce is final. These pre-trial orders do not take the place of a divorce, since they do not dissolve the marriage, but the court can incorporate them into the final divorce decree.

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Topics for Temporary Divorce Orders

Florida temporary divorce orders can address nearly every topic included in a typical divorce decree, although they do not actually dissolve the marriage like a final divorce does. For example, temporary orders can set temporary alimony payments and child support to be paid until the divorce is finalized. The court can include these same payment amounts in the divorce decree to make them applicable after the divorce. Temporary orders can also address custody, freeze the couple's assets, provide instructions on who pays the litigation expenses and which spouse can continue to use the marital home.