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interim orders michigan divorce femminineo attorneysThere is no such thing as a quickie divorce, at least not in Michigan. In this state, a divorce takes a minimum of 60 days to complete. If children are involved, a split takes a minimum of 180 days. Realistically, though, divorces can last a year or more. But who has the time or funds to wait 12 months for all the major decisions to be made? Thank goodness for interim orders.

Temporarily Address Major Divorce Issues Before Your Divorce is Final

You may not be able to make your divorce happen faster, but you can get speedy action when you ask the court for immediate attention to certain matters. Even if you’re OK with your divorce taking the normal amount of time to proceed, there are still some important decisions that need to be made in the meantime. Interim orders make all these details legal and binding, so you and your soon-to-be ex know where you stand and who has what responsibilities.

In short, interim orders – also known as temporary orders – are arguments that are heard and decided quickly in family court. These decisions are not permanent, but they put rules in place for couples to follow as their divorce is worked out. The matters that have the most urgency, are most often up for debate, and cannot always wait for the end of a divorce to be decided usually involve:

  • Child custody: Your life can’t be on hold during your divorce, and neither can your kids’ lives. You want to prevent their schedules and habits from being altered too drastically in the upheaval already caused by your intention to divorce. An interim order can grant you child custody so you can maintain – or alter, as the case may be – your child’s schooling, activities, and living arrangements as soon as possible.
  • Parenting time: Even though you and your spouse want nothing to do with each other anymore, that doesn’t mean you are divorcing your kids. Filing for an interim order for parenting time ensures that you get all the parenting time you want with your children and your ex can’t keep them from you. Remember: The court always acts in the best interests of the children.
  • Spousal support: If you’re the lower-earning or non-earning spouse in a marriage, when a divorce has gotten underway, you can file for interim spousal support so you can maintain your standard of living, buy groceries, pay bills, and the like.
  • Child support: The spouse who maintains primary custody of the children during a divorce can file for interim child support. A child’s needs cannot be forgotten during a split, and that includes food, clothes, medical care, schooling, activities, and more. Their standard of living should be maintained too.
  • Property and assets: What’s mine is yours, what’s yours is mine? Nothing falls to the wayside in a divorce faster than this little saying. If you’re worried that your spouse is going to sell the car, the house, or other major assets, an interim order is your way of putting a lockdown on their financial plans, at least until you’ve had your say about how your assets are split.

Get Help with Interim Orders in a Michigan Divorce

Divorces don’t have to be lengthy, complicated, or painful. Some couples are determined to part amicably and know that if they work together and make concessions and compromise, their split will be over sooner rather than later. It isn’t always easy to part on good terms, but you can certainly try. Interim orders will help you maintain the peace while you work your way to a satisfactory divorce settlement.

Get help from an experienced Michigan divorce attorney at Femminineo Attorneys, PLLC. Schedule your free initial consultation today to ask all your divorce questions and determine what’s next.


What makes us the right divorce attorneys for you?

Family Law Expertise

Most lawyers are in a general practice and do some of everything. One of our main focuses is on Family law and being expert at divorce, custody and support matters.

Strong Relationships

We are in court daily, working with the family court judges, their staff and clerks, the Friend of the Court office, the Bar Association and other attorneys working in this area. We pride ourselves on fighting hard for our clients while working well with everyone.


Our extensive experience and strong relationship with the courts and our peers leads many judges and attorneys to hire us to act as Mediators in other Family Law cases. Make no mistake; having a strong working relationship with the court can have a massive impact on your case. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and are in trial regularly against the best in the business. We see the judges every week and maintain strong ties with their staff.

We Care

Although every attorney can “handle” your case, Femminineo Attorneys cares about you and your family. We work extremely hard to keep this difficult process civil and to shelter your children from as much of the negative facets as possible.


Once your case is concluded, we will be there to help you with any post-judgment problems that may arise.


Everyone’s financial situation is different and we work with our clients to formulate a fee arrangement that works within your means.


We have handled every possible situation involving domestic law. We will do everything possible to wrap up your case in a timely manner, avoiding delays that cause unnecessary legal fees.


When your case cannot be easily solved, we will fight hard and use all of our resources to win. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and we regularly win cases against the best in the business at trial.

Expert Staff

Unlike many attorneys who have a part-time typist and work 30 hours a week, we have an expert staff available all day long to assist you and provide immediate service. We are available to our clients 24 hours a day through our hot line at 586-854-3654.

Personal Service

At Femminineo Attorneys, your case will be handled by an experienced family law attorney. Each of our attorneys in our family law division has many years of experience in handling family law matters.

We encourage you to see these differences for yourself and call today to speak with one of our partners or schedule a free consultation at our office.

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