How Long Can Temporary Custody Last?
The word temporary can be somewhat deceptive when it comes to divorce law. Technically, it refers to pendente lite orders -- those that govern while your divorce plays out. The terms of your final decree take over when your divorce is final, so a temporary order lasts about as long as your divorce proceedings do. Although a temporary order terminates with your decree, however, it's not uncommon for its terms to carry over into the permanent order. Pendente Lite Orders If you