Temporary Orders


At the law office of Ronald E. Dobelstein, P.C., in Alpharetta, Georgia, we represent clients at temporary hearings. These hearings are often like a mini trial. Attorneys bring affidavits, and a limited number of witnesses are permitted to testify on your behalf. Since there is frequently a lot of information to cover in a temporary hearing it is helpful to prepare for the hearing carefully and consolidate the testimony in order to cover the most important points. The court usually limits the time for the temporary hearing so efficiency is important. Affidavits can be useful especially if from non-relatives who deal with a party such as medical, educators, religious, or civic persons.

A temporary hearing can have a large effect on your family law case, so it is important to take the matter seriously. Work with an experienced lawyer who knows what to expect and who can achieve the best possible results for you.

Often, what is said at a temporary hearing sets the tone for what is later to come. For example, decisions made in a temporary hearing at the beginning of a divorce often become part of the final order. While the law is that a temporary hearing is just that – temporary, the parties and many courts use the temporary order as a baseline. By the time the divorce is finalized, the parties are used to living in the temporary arrangement, and courts frequently see no need for change. If there is an adverse temporary order, it is even more important to focus on getting a different result at the final hearing. An adverse temporary order may educate you regarding positions taken before that time. Changes in tactics can sometimes be helpful in getting a different result from the temporary order at the time of the final hearing.

Ron Dobelstein can help our clients handle a broad range of matters in temporary hearings:

  • Custody
  • Visitation
  • Child and spousal support
  • Use of residence and vehicle
  • Access to funds
  • Use of charge cards
  • Payment of debt
  • Who stays in the family home

Georgia law allows spouses to seek support unconnected with a divorce. If a spouse doesn't want to get a divorce, he or she may be able to file for support without getting one. This is often done for religious reasons or to preserve much-needed medical benefits.


To talk with Ron Dobelstein about how a temporary order may affect you or your family, contact us at 770-408-7020 or toll free at 866-408-7020. The Alpharetta, Georgia, law office of Ronald E. Dobelstein, P.C., will provide you with skilled legal support.

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