In many cases, both legal decision-making (custody) and divorce, it is necessary to get emergency or temporary orders from the court.  This provides a short-term solution to issues that cannot wait for the final divorce degree.  These orders are issued sometime after the Petition for Dissolution is filed, and it continues until the Final Decree is entered or the case is dismissed.  Arizona statues allow for temporary orders on the following issues:

·         Legal Decision-making (custody);

·         Parenting Time;

·         Child Support;

·         Spousal Maintenance;

·         Attorney's Fees;

·         Expert Witness Fees;

·         Exclusive Use of a Residence;

·         Distribution of Liquid Assets; and

·         Debt Maintenance.

There are various documents and items that need to be filed under Arizona statutes and rules, in order to obtain temporary orders. Arizona family courts are very busy and this process can be confusing and frustrating.  It is not uncommon that some cases will not receive a hearing in front of the assigned Judge for several months.  We can assist you in expediting temporary orders to the fullest extent possible, so that you have sufficient orders to allow you to live while your case is settled or litigated.