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FAQs about a contested hearing order

On Behalf of | Sep 1, 2023 | Family Law

Divorces come with complications, and Indiana law provides a way to handle important matters before the final settlement through a contested temporary hearing order.

This process allows separating couples to address important issues promptly, ensuring stability during the divorce proceedings.

What is a contested temporary hearing order?

A contested temporary hearing order is a legal step that couples take during divorce proceedings. It helps determine matters that need immediate attention until the court decides on a final settlement. These often include child custody arrangements, child support, spousal support and the use of shared property, such as the family home or vehicles.

Why is it contested?

Contested means that the involved parties do not agree on certain aspects of the divorce. When the spouses cannot come to an agreement on important issues, the court steps in to make temporary decisions for the divorcing couple through this hearing order.

What is the process?

Granting temporary relief ensures that both spouses and any involved children get taken care of during the divorce process. The court’s decision during the contested temporary hearing order continues until reaching the final settlement or further court orders get issued. The process involves both spouses presenting their positions on the disputed matters to the court, which typically requires providing evidence and documents to support their arguments.

Roughly 689,308 divorces happen every year, and not all of them end amicably. While a contested temporary hearing order is a way to address immediate concerns, both spouses should remember that the final settlement may differ.