In this article, you will learn:
- The legal avenues available to you,
- Why many efforts to obtain immediate support will be denied, and
- How you can prepare to file for divorce.
Is There Any Spousal Support Or Child Support That Can Be Arranged Immediately When All-Of-A-Sudden You’re On Your Own Taking Care Of The Kids Financially?
While there is a legal avenue to request immediate spousal support or child support, it is usually not going to be granted. You have the right to ask for it, but the court is almost always going to deny it.
You can also make a request for an advance of attorney’s fees. In certain situations, if one of the spouses has no money and the other has a ton of money, there’s a specific law that allows you to ask the court to order the spouse with the money to make an upfront payment.
This would be to help you pay your legal fees and costs because it’s an uneven playing field when one party has a bunch of money to throw at an attorney and the other doesn’t. But, again, those are very rarely granted.
It’s just another thing where, in the real world, it’s an emergency. To the court, however, it just isn’t considered an emergency. It’s unfortunate, but the best thing you can do is just get your case filed and get through it as fast as you can. You’re not going to get immediate relief by way of spousal or child support granted by the court.
The only time that you’re going to get anything immediately is if someone’s in danger and you’re going the protective order route. Protective orders give the court the ability to do some things with financial support and custody in a really immediate way.
If there’s no present danger, however, all you can do is go through the process. You can ask for expedited hearings, but you’re still looking at a couple of months depending on the county.
You can get in relatively quickly, within a couple of months, to have some decisions made on a temporary basis. That’s usually where people want to go when they find themselves to be a one-income household and unable to support themselves or their children. At the end, you have your final hearing and that’s where all the final decisions are going to be made and when the court will resolve all of the custody, child support, and alimony issues.
It can take a little bit of planning in some situations for a party to be ready to file for divorce. Some clients know that their spouse will financially cut them off once they file for divorce, so they will need to figure out how to save enough money to support themselves before they file. It can be easier to get separated, but often a person won’t be able to afford to live separately, so that adds a level of complexity to their situation.
Sometimes, there will need to be a few steps you take before filing for divorce. You may need to make sure you have a place to stay, find a new job, and save some money before you’re able to move forward. You have to be prepared for the court to not help you with immediate financial support.
With the guidance of a skilled attorney for Family Law Cases, you can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that we’ll make it look easy.
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