What is a temporary order in a divorce?

In a divorce, a temporary order is made by the family court at the hearing where a couple separates. In some states, a party can also request a temporary order before separation papers are filed. Divorce cases often come with issues that need to be decided, including child custody, orders of protection, sale or possession of a home, spousal support, etc. Temporary orders are put in place to make quick decisions on issues that will be officially ruled on during a formal divorce hearing or through mediation.