Divorces can be challenging, especially when it comes to sorting out temporary arrangements while a contested divorce process is ongoing.
In the state of Wisconsin, an early phase of divorce is the contested temporary hearing order, and you may find that you have many questions regarding this document.
1. What is a contested temporary hearing order?
A contested temporary hearing order is a legally binding document issued by the court that addresses various issues that need immediate attention during the divorce process. These issues typically include child custody, visitation rights spousal support and the division of marital assets and debts.
2. What could happen without a contested temporary hearing order?
When divorcing spouses cannot agree on important topics, not seeking a contested temporary hearing could come with far-reaching consequences. The absence of a temporary custody order can lead to a disruptive change in a child’s schedule, a move to a new location or result in one spouse selling marital property, overspending or ignoring bills they usually pay.
3. Why is it important?
A contested temporary hearing order provides a temporary structure and guidelines for the divorcing parties to follow while the divorce proceedings continue. In 2022, Wisconsin courts had 16,082 new divorce caseloads on top of 11,764 still pending from 2021. While waiting for divorce to finalize, this structure can help minimize conflict, reduce emotional distress and protect the interests of all parties, especially children, during this challenging time.
Contested temporary hearing orders help provide clarity and stability during a tumultuous period, helping to ensure a smoother divorce journey.