Temporary Relief Order Attorney for Child Custody & Support, Spousal Maintenance & Asset Protection

Serving clients in Rockford and the surrounding communities, including Loves Park, Winnebago, Machesney Park, Cherry Valley, Ogle, Durand, Pecatonica, Caledonia, Poplar Grove, Belvidere, Roscoe, Stephenson, and throughout Northern Illinois.

Illinois divorces can extend for months or even years, especially if a case is highly contentious. During this time, the parties are still tasked with managing parenting, property division, and financial responsibilities, which can be especially challenging amid a separation.

It is not uncommon for a working spouse to use financial leverage to bully the other spouse into an unfavorable divorce agreement, especially when one party is the primary breadwinner and the other is a caregiver. Pursuant to Section 501 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act,[1] Illinois law helps level the playing field by enabling judges to enter temporary relief orders.

If you are struggling to come to an agreement with a soon-to-be ex-spouse regarding spousal maintenance, child custody and support, asset division, or other issues and need assistance from the court, I invite you to call my firm to schedule a free consultation to learn about filing a petition requesting specific relief.

What is Temporary Relief in a Divorce?

Temporary relief is a court order that specifies who is required to pay specific expenses until a final divorce decree is entered by the court. It can also be used to address temporary child custody, support, and other time-sensitive issues.

What is the Purpose of a Petition for Temporary Relief?

A petition for temporary relief is designed to restore the parties to the same position they were in before the marriage breakdown, and can be sought at any time during the divorce process.

What Can a Temporary Relief Order Be Used for in an Illinois Divorce Case?

Temporary relief petitions can address a variety of issues, including (but not limited to):

  • Spousal maintenance
  • Child support
  • Temporary child custody
  • Health insurance responsibilities
  • Asset freezes
  • Attorney’s Fees
  • Assigning ownership of pets
  • Restraining vengeful acts

How Long Do Temporary Relief Orders Last in Illinois Divorces?

The length of a temporary relief order can vary significantly from case to case, but it will not extend past the formal dissolution of a marriage. Once a final divorce judgment is entered, the terms of the final order become effective.

Can an Illinois Temporary Relief Order Influence Decisions About Final Divorce Orders?

Illinois courts are not supposed to consider a temporary order in a final divorce disposition; thus, final orders are not typically influenced by temporary orders. However, orders allocating parenting time can foreshadow final parental responsibility determinations, as judges often find that a consistent parenting-time schedule is in a child’s best interests.

How Do I Obtain a Temporary Relief Order in Illinois?

If you are interested in obtaining a temporary order, the first step is to file for divorce. After that, a motion for a temporary order can be filed with the same court where the divorce petition was submitted.

In the petition, the party seeking relief must specify why it is needed and what directives should be included in the order. As an experienced Rockford divorce attorney, I can help navigate through every step of the divorce and temporary order process, handling all legal filings and tracking critical deadlines.

Can a Temporary Relief Order be Modified Before a Divorce Becomes Final?

Yes. If either party experiences a significant change in circumstances, as a temporary relief lawyer serving Rockford and the surrounding communities, I can file a motion to reassess the temporary order seeking to maintain a lifestyle comparable to their pre-divorce status.

How Is Temporary Child Custody Determined?

Illinois Courts often award fair parenting time to both parties, as it is believed that a relationship with both parents is typically in the best interests of a child. However, the Court may deviate if significant evidence is presented to demonstrate that a relationship with the other parent would be harmful to the best interests of the child.

An allocation agreement outlines how much time each parent is entitled to, as well as the terms of how the parenting time can be exercised. They also often outline who will be responsible for making critical decisions regarding vital issues, such as education, religion, medical care, and extra-curricular activities.

Call James O. Teeter Jr. to Learn How Rockford Family Law Can Help You.

Temporary relief orders offer a great solution to immediate financial, custody, and other matters while a divorce is ongoing.

If you have questions regarding financial support, child custody, parenting time, or divorce, as an experienced temporary relief order attorney, I can listen to your concerns, discuss your objectives, and explain your legal options for seeking a temporary order.


[1] 750 ILCS 5/501.

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