Temporary Hearings Should Not Be Treated as Pop Quizzes
In my 17 years of observing divorce cases, I am surprised at how many parents treated their Temporary court hearings like pre-tests. This short, sometimes first real court hearing can determine in a divorce and custody case:
- temporary custody of the kids,
- temporary child support,
- spousal support or alimony,
- temporary visitation schedules,
- who gets to keep and perhaps live in the house, and
- major assets are to be distributed, etc.
Thus this short temporary hearing or pre-test counts big time for a grade! Although labeled “temporary,” these rules could last as long as four years before the final. Which was certainly true in my case.
Please read Carson Steinbauer’s list of Top Ten Tips for Temporary Orders Hearing. It’s time to prepare for your temporary hearing just as you would for your final. Your life depends on it. I have heard many an attorney say, “So goes the temporary, so goes the final.”
Treat Your Temporary Hearing Like a Final
Prepare your evidence, bring your witnesses, talk to your attorney about “Why you want custody?” Take it very serious. It may be a short, mostly a verbal hearing. But treat your temporary hearing like a final. After all, the grade in the balance, is your child’s life.
What have been your temporary hearing experiences?
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