Motion for Temporary Orders

Ask The Court to Issue Temporary Orders to Govern You, Your Spouse and your children.

This motion is filed typically at the beginning of the divorce in order to secure financial support, child custody or who gets possession of a house or other property until a final order can be reached.

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Document Overview

A motion for a temporary order is a legal document that can help you in a variety of ways. For instance, temporary orders can help with alimony or child support, seeing your children after being separated or to ensure you can stay in your home.

Divorces in Utah and across the U.S. can last months, and sometimes years! You cannot wait that long to get child support or figure out who will be the one to move out of the family home. That is what temporary orders are used for.

In divorce cases, there are a lot of unknowns and a lot of changes. You may be displaced from your home, and wondering when you will get to see your kids again, or you may be wondering how you are going to pay for the mortgage and food when your breadwinning spouse has left and has not deposited money. Temporary orders can give you some peace of mind by ordering a spouse to comply with a variety of critical needs.. Lawpal can help you by providing you with the divorce papers that you need, so you can file a motion for temporary orders with the court.

Keep in mind, temporary orders are not just for issues that arise at the start of divorce; you may need them at any time throughout the process. For example, you may wish to file a temporary order for a change in circumstances, such as if your job changes and this affects child-care duties or ability to pay child support, or if you need to change parent-time around.

Rely on Lawpal to help you get a leg up in your divorce case, by providing you the legal documents necessary to support your requests!

Petition Process

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Answer a Series of Questions

Answer simple questions about your marriage and how you wish to arrange temporary orders. Come and go as you like, we’ll always save your progress!


Purchase & Print Motion

Once your documents have been generated, review and print.


File Motion

With personalized documents, you’ll be able to go to your designated court and file the motion yourself!


Set a Hearing and Serve Spouse

Once filed, set a hearing with the court and notify your spouse by sending them a copy and a notice of the hearing date.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does this process take?

The time it takes to complete your petition varies depending on certain factors, but it should take between 20 minutes and an hour.

How soon after a divorce petition is created should I file temporary orders?

The sooner the better! Since temporary orders establish arrangements for the duration of the divorce period, it’s important to file them as soon as you can.

What happens after I file Temporary Orders?

Once temporary orders are filed, you must arrange with the court for a date and time to have your requests heard. The responding party must be served 28 days before the hearing, and any response must be made 14 days before the hearing.

What should I ask for in Temporary Orders?

A court can make a variety of temporary orders, but will typically reserve some issues. Typically, temporary orders are used to get an order regarding child support, alimony, personal property, child custody, parent-time and who gets to stay in the home and who has to leave. If you are unsure about whether you should ask, Lawpal can link you up with an attorney at the end of the process to help guide you.

Related Documents:

Initial Disclosures

I must disclose my finances and evidence I plan to use at trial.

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Default Paperwork

I need to default my spouse who has not responded to my original petition for divorce.

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