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Pendente Lite Hearing: Temporary Orders to Maintain Stability


Even if you have never experienced a divorce, it’s not hard to imagine that the process can be complex, lengthy, and uncertain. To address these realities, the courts in Virginia allow for what is known as a pendente lite hearing to attempt to provide some certainty while one’s divorce is pending final resolution. Pendente lite literally means “awaiting/pending the litigation” in Latin. The purpose of a pendente lite hearing is for a judge to make rulings on a temporary basis related to matters of support, child custody and visitation, exclusive use and possession of the marital residence, payment of debts and bills, just to name a few.

Typically, a pendente lite hearing is shorter than most hearings since matters are to be determined on a temporary basis only. Each jurisdiction in Virginia has various rules regarding the procedures that must be followed as it relates to a pendente lite hearing, but it is important to note that no matter what, any order that arises from a pendente lite hearing is a temporary court order, binding on both parties. Often, many matters may be temporarily resolved based on the agreements between the parties. Therefore, it is important for you and your attorney to determine if a pendente lite hearing is even appropriate for you based on the circumstances of your matter.

The attorneys at Morris Williams LLC frequently assist clients with pendente lite hearings in Hampton Roads courts and will take the time to determine if this type of hearing is right for your case. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at admin@morriswilliamslaw.com or (757) 266-9425, so we can empower you to make the best decisions for your future. 

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