Once a divorce is filed, the parties can attend a court hearing to determine: 1) how to handle visitation with the children; 2) who will pay specific bills; 3) who will live in the marital home and drive which vehicle; and 4) who will pay child support and anything else that needs to be dealt with immediately. The first hearing is TEMPORARY and once those issues have been resolved, the parties can concentrate on trying to repair their marriage. Having paramaters in place of how to handle money and custody issues (your Temporary Orders) often times frees up emotional space to actually work on the marriage! I am happy to say that I have had many clients over the years dismiss their divorce proceedings and decide to stay married. Unfortuantely, that does not always happen and if it doesn't then we proceed with finalizing their divorce.