What Does Pendente Lite Mean?
Divorce proceedings do not happen overnight. Sometimes, it can be a long and arduous process. When that happens, it is imperative to have an Order in place for this interim time. This period, called Pendente Lite, is the time between when the Complaint for Divorce was filed and when the final Judgment of Divorce was entered.
Pendente Lite: Deciding Who Is Responsible for Certain Expenses
During the Pendente Lite phase of the case, it is important to have an Order providing who will be paying what expenses.
- Household expenses
- Auto expenses
- Personal expenses, both for the parties and for the children.
These Orders can also provide that neither party can dissipate any assets Pendente Lite. Occasionally litigants try to modify their marital financial arrangements, and Pendente Lite Orders can prevent that from happening.
Pendente Lite Orders Can Also Include Temporary Custody
More importantly, Pendente Lite Orders can provide temporary custody arrangements until a final arrangement is agreed upon by the parties, or alternatively, decided by the Court at a trial. This can include not just the physical custody of the children, meaning where the children will be residing and parenting time schedules, but also legal custody for the children, which is the decision making authority for the children regarding their health, education, and welfare.
Pendente Lite Orders are to maintain the status quo of the marriage. Without getting an Order, a party may choose not to pay their spouse what the recipient spouse would be entitled to. Moreover, the payer may be overpaying what they should actually be paying. Pendente Lite Orders can provide interim relief for the parties, which often times is needed when parties cannot agree and their divorce does not get immediately resolved.
At the Law Offices of Steven P. Monaghan, our clients come first. Always. If you have any questions about Pendente Lite Orders, and what relief can be afforded to you, please contact us today and schedule a free consultation. Proudly serving Monmouth County.