What are “interim” orders?

Sometimes when you go to court, you start by asking for a short-term (or “temporary”) solution. You plan to go back to court later to get a more permanent arrangement. These temporary orders are sometimes called “interim orders” or “interlocutory orders.”

The purpose of these orders is to put things in place while the court action continues. It can take quite a lot of time for the Court to fully consider all of the issues and make more long-term decisions. For example, temporary orders may be needed for child support issues, because the Court is waiting for one of the parties to provide full financial disclosure before giving a more permanent child support order.

If you get a temporary order, you can expect to go back to court in the future about your matters. In fact, the first Order will often include the next hearing date. This next hearing date is when the matter will be heard to see if changes are required and a more permanent order (or judgment) can be made.