If you’re currently going through a divorce in California, you might wonder whether there are any circumstances that would allow for a temporary hold.
You can put your divorce on hold—well, the court can—in certain circumstances.
To halt a divorce that’s already in progress, you’ll need to ask the court. This is done by filing a motion for continuance with the court that’s handling your divorce. The judge has a good deal of leeway in deciding whether to deny or approve a motion like this, and he or she will be looking for evidence that a delay is truly necessary and in the best interests of the parties involved.
A continuance will not be granted if it’s being made in bad faith or to needlessly delay proceedings.
If you file a motion for continuance and the court believes there’s a chance that you and your spouse may be able to reconcile, a 30-day hold may be placed on your case. At this point, the court can issue temporary orders to address necessary issues such as child custody and visitation, spousal support, and child support.
From here, there are two possible scenarios:
Reconciliation is not the only reason the court may put a temporary hold on a divorce case. The following are other potential reasons that a continuance may be granted:
Every divorce is different, and your reasons for putting it on hold are personal and important. You need to be certain that your attorney will advise and represent you based on your best interests, which should always come first.
At the Edgar & Dow, our clients are our top priority. When you work with our firm, we’ll take the time to get to know you, your goals, and your concerns so we can address these through every stage of your divorce—including a continuance, if that is needed or wanted. You can rest assured that our divorce lawyers will do everything within our broad experience and resources to help you face a more stable future.
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