By Michelle L. Searcy
Whether you have been served with a family law case or have initiated one, in Colorado, your first court appearance will be an initial status conference. While the purpose of this meeting is to give you important information about your responsibilities in the case, it is also your opportunity to request a Temporary Orders hearing.
The purpose of Temporary Orders is to preserve the status quo and assure that financial and parenting issues will be temporarily resolved while the case is pending. Whether to ask for a Temporary Orders hearing requires an honest assessment of your circumstances. If you are married, do you earn enough money to pay your bills with or without help from your spouse? If not, do you have access to enough marital money to pay the bills? Who will remain in the house? How will you share time with the children? If you are both in agreement on these types of issues, you may not need a Temporary Orders hearing. To protect those agreements, you may submit those agreements in written form, asking the court to make them enforceable orders. Continue reading