What is a preliminary hearing, preliminary order, and preliminary agreement?

A preliminary hearing is a hearing held typically early on in the case. The hearing can be requested by either party, whether you’re the party that filed for the divorce or you’re the respondent. It is a hearing where the court will address what rules the parties will follow during the duration of the divorce. The hearing can address things such as preliminary child support, preliminary possession of the marital residence, payment of bills, and payment of temporary spousal support. A preliminary order is simply the order that comes from the preliminary hearing. A preliminary agreement is an agreement the parties reach in lieu of a preliminary hearing. So a preliminary agreement can be reached if the parties are able to reach resolution before they actually have to go to a hearing.

– Answered by Jaimie Cairns of Cairns & Rabiola

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