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What Is Pendente Lite Relief, and Why You Need It in Your Divorce

Agreement prepared by lawyer signing decree of divorce (dissolution or cancellation) of marriage, husband and wife during divorce process with male lawyer or counselor and signing of divorce contract.

During a divorce, one of the most challenging aspects is the uncertainty that comes while waiting for the final decree. This is where Pendente Lite Relief (PLR) becomes invaluable. At Hawkins Law Firm, we understand the intricacies of Alabama divorce law and how PLR can provide much-needed stability during this tumultuous period. Learn more about this valuable tool below, and contact our office for help in divorce, child custody, or other family law matters in Alabama.

What Is Pendente Lite Relief?

Pendente Lite is a Latin term that means “pending the litigation.” In the context of divorce, PLR refers to temporary orders issued by the court to address immediate concerns such as child custody, spousal support, and property division. These orders remain in effect until the final divorce decree is issued or until they are modified by the court.

Contested divorces can stretch from several months to years. During this time, life doesn’t pause. Bills accumulate, children need care, and assets require management. PLR provides a legal framework to address these issues while the divorce is still in process.

Filing a Pendente Lite Motion

Either spouse can file a pendente lite motion at the time of filing for divorce or anytime during the divorce proceedings. This temporary order can last for a specific period or as long as the divorce is being settled. Importantly, these motions do not finalize the divorce; they address smaller, immediate issues.

Temporary Child Custody and Support

One of the most frequent applications of pendente lite motions is to secure temporary custody of children. Contested divorces often lead to disputes over child custody. A pendente lite motion allows these disputes to be formally resolved by the court.

For instance, if one spouse lacks sufficient income to support the children during the divorce, a pendente lite motion can provide temporary relief for child support. This is crucial, given the lengthy nature of contested divorces. It ensures that the lower-income spouse doesn’t have to wait months or even years to receive child support.

Housing Expenses

Another common use of pendente lite motions is to cover housing expenses. When spouses separate before the divorce is finalized, the lower-income spouse may struggle to pay rent or keep up the mortgage. A pendente lite motion can offer relief for these housing expenses, ensuring that both parties can maintain a semblance of normalcy during the divorce process.

Domestic Violence Concerns

In cases involving domestic violence, your divorce attorney can file a pendente lite motion to secure a restraining order, offering an added layer of protection during a vulnerable time.

Contact Hawkins Law Firm for Help With Your Alabama Divorce Case

Pendente Lite Relief is not just a legal formality; it’s a lifeline during one of the most challenging periods of your life. It offers a structured way to address immediate concerns, providing both parties with a sense of stability and fairness.

If you’re going through a divorce in Alabama and are facing issues that need immediate attention, consider filing a pendente lite motion. At Hawkins Law Firm, we have the expertise and experience to guide you through this complex process, ensuring that your interests are protected every step of the way.

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