If you are about to go through a divorce, your experience will vary depending on several factors. If you have children under 18, have joint debt, own property together, or have retirement assets, your experience will be a lot more complex than if you didn't have any of those things. Fortunately, family law provides a means of addressing these complexities and that is by use of domestic relations orders. Read on for a survey of common orders and what they mean.
Common Orders in a Divorce
The below orders mostly apply to those with children, assets, and debts. If you don't have any of those things (or you agree on everything), it's entirely possible to go through a divorce without encountering a single order. Some orders expire with the divorce decree, such as temporary orders meant to handle matters during separation. Some expire only with a milestone like a birthday or other events. Permanent orders become part of the final decree. If you or your spouse disobey an order, you might face problems. If you disagree with an order or you want to change it later on, most orders dealing with minor children are flexible and are meant to be altered when the need arises. Other orders, like spousal support and those dealing with debts and property, may not be easily ordered, so it's vital that you get them right the first time or file an adversary action immediately.
Speak to your divorce law attorney to learn more.
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