What is a temporary hearing?
One of the challenges to overcome in a temporary hearing is the time constraints…If you are under the impression that you will have an unlimited amount of time to tell the Court about your life story, your marriage, and your childrens’ lives…you are in for a rude awakening!!
Judges often will not allow more than four hours (and that’s being liberal!) for a Temporary Hearing in a divorce or custody case. That’s four hours total. Meaning both parties will likely be allotted four hours or less for the entire hearing. This may seem like a lot of time, but it really isn’t, if your attorney is presenting the court with the relevant issues. The case that is presented to the Court must be precise and directly relevant to the temporary issues in your case.
Temporary issues typically include (1) interim child custody, (2) child support, (3) alimony, and (4) temporary possession of the marital home and responsibility for paying the bills until a final decree is entered by the Court.
That means you will have very little time to present a host of important issues to the Judge. Rather than presenting a full feature film, you should essentially give the Judge a polaroid snapshot of what is going on now and why you need the relief you are currently requesting.
Overcoming a temporary order that isn’t in your favor is an uphill battle…
If you are contemplating a divorce or preparing for a temporary hearing and realize that you are in over your head, don’t hesitate to contact us today at 678-324-8511 or click here to discuss the particulars of your case by scheduling an initial consultation. You deserve to go through this ordeal with a committed attorney on your team.