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Filing for Divorce in Wisconsin > Step 3: Obtaining Temporary Orders

Obtain Temporary Orders

Once the divorce papers have been filed, the next step in the divorce process is to obtain temporary orders. Temporary orders are common in Wisconsin contested divorce cases but can be used in other types of divorce, as well.

What is a Temporary Order?

A temporary order is obtained by filing a motion before the court. Our divorce lawyers can generally draft motions for temporary orders at the same time as the initial divorce papers are drafted or anytime thereafter. Our attorneys strive to have the necessary motions drafted within twenty-four hours of a client’s request.

When is the Temporary Order Enforced?

Depending on the county in which your case is pending, a temporary order hearing is held within thirty to forty-five days after the motion is filed. However, temporary agreements—sometimes referred to as temporary stipulations—can be signed by the spouses to create binding temporary orders without the need to go to court.

Because the divorce process can take time, we often want to ensure that our clients have temporary orders in place while the divorce is pending so that there is a predictable flow of funds for both spouses, all of the bills are getting paid, and custody and placement of children are determined, among other important issues that might require immediate resolution.

Your attorney will help you assess whether temporary orders are necessary during your initial conversations.

Once the temporary orders have been established, the next step in the divorce process is a financial discovery.

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