Standing Orders


Divorce can be a long and complicated process with multiple steps. When filing a divorce, a judge issues a standing order setting the ground rules for both parties. Standing orders are enforceable by law and can include temporary restraining orders or temporary custody orders. The goal of a temporary standing order is to maintain some semblance of family stability during a tumultuous divorce.

The divorce attorneys with The Law Office of Silverman, Mack & Associates can help navigate standing orders and what they entail. Our team is well versed in all matters concerning family law, particularly standing orders and divorce. Contact us to request a free consultation or to learn more about all the legal services we offer.

When Are Standing Orders Issued? 

Standing temporary orders can be issued in a variety of situations surrounding divorce. Every standing order might be different depending on the legal issue at hand. The most common times when standing orders are issued include the following.

  • Child Visitation Orders
  • Child Support Orders
  • Spousal Support Orders
  • Protection Orders For Domestic Violence
  • Property Division Orders

What Rules Are In A Standing Order?

While standing orders vary by state and jurisdiction, they all contain the same basic rules. Most important, children are not to be disturbed by the divorce proceedings, and one party can’t take a child out of the state, pick them up from school, or other activities without the other parent’s permission.

Another general rule is that during the proceedings themselves, both parents should remain as cordial as possible. The parents are also not allowed to do anything with the property, i.e., make changes or sell it, or waste funds during a divorce case (racking up credit card debt, making extraneous purchased, etc.).

Lastly, either parent is prohibited from destroying or disposing personal records that might be important to the case.

What Happens If You Violate A Standing Order?

The penalty for violating a standing temporary order will vary widely depending on the specific nature of the offense. In Florida, courts have considerable discretion to determine an appropriate response. In many cases, particularly where an alleged disposition of assets has occurred, a court may award financial compensation to the victimized party. In other cases, such as those involving children, emergency legal action may need to be taken to protect a parent’s rights. Ultimately, if your ex-spouse or partner is violating a standing for order in any manner, you must speak to an experienced divorce attorney right away.

How Our Divorce Attorneys Can Help

Divorce is hard on everyone involved — don’t go through it alone. Maneuvering standing orders can be complicated, so you should have an attorney on your side the whole time willing to go the extra mile. Our team at The Law Office of Silverman, Mack & Associates understands the intricacies of family law, and we want to help you through these difficult times. Don’t wait — contact our Gainesville attorneys for a free consultation.