If you believe your safety and that of your family is in danger, help is available:
There are a variety of temporary orders available. If you are in a dangerous situation or are trying to avoid being in one, your request will be rushed and heard within days or a week. The temporary orders available are:
It is not advised to close any joint credit cards or bank accounts as this may be used as ammunition by your spouse to accuse you of fraud or theft. Withdraw what you need now, what you may need for upcoming issues, and extra for emergencies.
Removing your children from a crisis situation is not considered kidnapping. If at all possible, and so long as you are safe, obtain a temporary child custody order from the court. These are processed quickly, and will establish your rights to the children. If you wish to move your children out-of-state, it is wise to speak to a lawyer to first determine if it will hurt your chances to obtain child custody once the divorce is finalized.
Temporary court orders are typically valid until the next court hearing. If both spouses are able to work out an agreement on their own, they can bring it to the judge to make it legally enforceable. But between court hearings, those seeking a permanent order can use the time to gather evidence and prepare their case.
If you are in a situation where you need a temporary order (and if you are hoping to seek a permanent order), a family law lawyer can assist you in obtaining as much legal protection as possible. An attorney can help streamline the process, and advise you of your best and safest course of action.
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