Beginning the divorce process can turn a person’s life upside-down. The finances that previously served everyone’s needs now need to support two separate households. Once the divorce is final, issues like child support and spousal maintenance will be resolved, but a divorce, depending on the level of conflict and the issues involved, can take a substantial amount of time to resolve. How are those issues dealt with in the interim? What if you need that financial support now?
We can ask the court to order temporary relief on various issues such as child support and spousal maintenance. The court can make preliminary determinations that can ensure that you and your children have financial support while the issues of the divorce are being resolved. Recent changes to the law have established a formula for calculating the presumptively correct amount of temporary spousal maintenance. Nevertheless, there is great discretion placed in the trial court’s hands to deviate from the statutory amounts.
As with all family law, it is very important that you work with an attorney who remains abreast of all developments in the law.