Many people wonder what happens during the pendency of divorce. There are a couple things you should know.
- The first thing you do when you file for divorce (aside from filing your
petition) is file a Motion for an Order of Status Quo. This essentially
means that an ice block gets put around your kids. You (and your
ex-partner) are required to keep the kids on the same schedule as they
have been on for the three months prior to your filing the Motion for an
Order of Status Quo. This means that if the kids were seeing the other
parent week on/week off, they have to continue seeing the other parent
week on/week off until further order of the court.
- The second thing you do when you file for divorce is file a Motion for
Temporary Order. This Order controls everything for the next 6 months to a
year while your divorce is pending. You can ask for various things in your
Motion for Temporary Order, but in some counties, you are limited to the
- Custody of your children (again this is temporary until the divorce is
- Parenting time for the other parent (again, temporary)
- Exclusive use of the family home
- Suit money (this is usually for families where one parent was the sole
breadwinner and the other party does not have access to money to pay
filing fees and their lawyer).
Another effect of filing a petition is the introduction of a restraining
order on both parties to the divorce. This restraining order is not like the
“Family Abuse Prevention Act” restraining order that most people are
familiar with. This restraining order is statutory (meaning it is in place
because of Oregon law) and it essentially prevents each party from canceling
or changing insurance policies (health, homeowner, or automobile), changing
beneficiary designations, disposing of any marital property (including
There are some exceptions to the restraining order. You are permitted to
use marital assets in the ordinary course of business, for payment of
attorney fees, for payment of real estate and income tax, for mental health
expenses for either party or the children, and for necessary expenses to
provide for the safety and welfare of the parties or minor children.
Give me a call for a consult if you have any questions or need help filling
out any temporary motion or status quo paperwork.