What is a Temporary Orders Hearing in Arizona?
A Temporary Orders Hearing is a court proceeding that occurs before the final divorce decree is signed by your judge. The purpose of the Temporary Orders Hearing is to bring some order to the case. The judge can issue orders that will be in effect until the case is over and includes, for example, such things as:
- Child custody orders (now called “Legal Decision Making“);
- Parenting time orders;
- Child support orders;
- Alimony (i.e., Spousal Maintenance);
- Exclusive use of property, such as homes and cars, during the pendency of the case;
- Payment of the parties’ debts during the pendency of the case;
- Payment of attorney and expert witness fees by one spouse for the other spouse;
There are several statutes that address the court’s authority to order one spouse to pay the other spouse’s attorney fees. It is important, therefore, to understand the statutes to rely upon when requesting an award of attorney fees at a Temporary Orders Hearing as opposed to a request for attorney fees at the end of the case.
You may read our summary of the Arizona Court of Appeals decision in the Myrick v. Maloney case to learn more about the payment of attorney fees in an Arizona divorce case.
It is important to understand that the court’s temporary orders only last until the court issues final orders in the case. When final orders are issued by the court, the temporary orders no longer exist. In legal terms, the temporary orders are deemed to have “merged” into the Decree.
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