Standing Family Law Orders

In most jurisdictions, the Judge has “standing” Orders that apply to everyone who files divorce documents immediately.  These standing family law orders spell out the initial rules of the game.

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Sample Standing Order

Usual Standing Order Requirements in Divorce Court

Most standing Orders address the same relatively common “problems” in a newly filed divorce case, including:

  1. Ordering Contact Between the Parents:  The law states that children should have frequent and continuing contact with both parents after the divorce.  The law expects that, absent unique circumstances, both parents will jointly make parenting decisions.
  2. Parenting Class Required:  Most jurisdictions require parents to take Court apporved, 4 hour parenting class in every case.
  3. No Residential Relocation: Most standing Orders confirm Florida law that relocating with a child more than 50 miles is not allowed without approval from the other party or the Court.
  4. Honesty With Records & Assets:  Most jurisdictions make it clear that concealing or hiding assets or records is a big no-no.
  5. Probhibition on incurring additional debt:  Most jurisdictions prohibit incurring additional debt during a pending divorce unless it is debt needed to pay ordinary and reasonable living expenses.

Violating the Order

Just like any other Order issued by the Judge, a standing family law Order that is disobeyed is punishable by Contempt if the offended party files a Motion for Contempt with the Court.