Pre-Decree Temporary Orders

Guidelines (With Notice to Other Party)

  • You or the other party have already filed, or at the same time you file these papers you will be filing, a petition for:
    • Divorce, legal separation, or annulment, or
    • to establish Legal Decision Making (Custody) and/or parenting time, or
    • to establish paternity and Legal Decision Making (Custody) and/or parenting time, and/or child support, and,
  • You need a temporary court order for Legal Decision Making (Custody), parenting time, and/or child support while you wait for a final court order, and/or,
  • You or the other party filed for divorce, legal separation, or annulment, and you need a temporary court order for spousal maintenance (alimony), division of property or debt, access to cash, and/or payment of attorney fees while you wait for a final court order.
  • You are the parent of a minor child(ren) for whom you are asking for a temporary order for Legal Decision Making (Custody), parenting time and/or support, or you are not the parent but you are listed as a party on the petition for one of the actions listed; and
  • If you are asking for a temporary order for Legal Decision Making (Custody), parenting time, and/or child support, the minor child(ren) has/have either lived in Arizona for at least 6 consecutive months before the Petition was filed, or since birth if younger than 6 months old, or a lawyer has advised you that you could still pursue the case in Arizona at this time; and
  • You may not use these forms to request temporary spousal maintenance if you are not legally married
  1. Items marked with "1" are only required if you are requesting temporary Legal Decision Making (Custody) or parenting time.
  2.  Items marked with "2" are only required if you are requesting temporary child support.
  3.  Items marked with "3" are only required if you are requesting temporary spousal maintenance and/or attorney fees.

Guidelines (Without Notice to Other Party - Emergency)

  • You or the other party filed a petition for divorce, legal separation, or a petition to establish Legal Decision Making (Custody) or parenting time, and,
  • Someone is about to cause serious bodily harm to another person immediately, or the health, safety, and welfare of a person is otherwise in serious and immediate jeopardy, and,
  • You can give very specific facts about what the emergency is, and why the judge needs to take your case before everyone else who has been waiting for the judge, and,
  • You are prepared to post a bond to pay for any costs this court action causes if it turns out that what you said is not true, or the judge does not agree with you.

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