Temporary Support in Divorce

Chadwick M. Layton, Esq.
May 29, 2019

Chadwick M. Layton, Esq.[i]

Harvey Waddell & Layton, P.A.



          The initial step of meeting with a divorce attorney and filing for divorce is undoubtedly a difficult task.

          However, an ethical and competent divorce attorney will work to assure the client gains answers to their most important questions during this meeting and that the client receives a roadmap of what to expect in the divorce process regarding time and costs.

          One question that comes up in divorce consultations is, how do the finances and bills of our marriage get paid once I file for divorce and before the divorce is final?

          Is there a tool available to assure that the mortgage, utilities, insurance, car payments, groceries, school tuition and other standard monthly bills continue to get paid while we are working to settle this divorce without litigation?

          The answer is yes.  Temporary financial support is available when needed.

The regular and recurring monthly bills of both spouses should continue to be

paid on time each month while the divorce is pending. 

           If the standard of living during the marriage was that one spouse was a

substantially higher earner than the other spouse and that he or she provided the

majority of the income to the household, this spouse should be obligated to continue to

provide the regular financial support to the household that he or she provided during

the marriage.

             Divorce counsel should identify a need for temporary financial support 

during the initial consultation.  In the event this need exists and there is an ability

to pay by the higher earning spouse, a written agreement should signed by both

spouses within 20 days of initiating the divorce process. 

          Where the parties and their legal counsel are working to resolve the divorce

in an amicable manner and to avoid litigation, there is no need or requirement to

involve the court on the issue of temporary support.  This can be resolved by a

simple written agreement drafted by legal counsel and signed by the parties.

         If the parties are not able to agree that the necessary and ongoing monthly

bills will be paid in a manner that is consistent with the method used to pay these

bills during the intact marriage, legal pleadings should be filed with the court by

the attorney demanding that “temporary relief” be awarded.

The law firm you choose in divorce should match your goals for divorce.



[i] Chadwick M. Layton is a partner and shareholder at Harvey Waddell & Layton, P.A., located in downtown Lake Worth.    

Mr. Layton is also a member of the Florida Bar Family Law Section and the Susan Greenberg Family Law American Inn of Court of the Palm Beaches,

101 North J Street, Lake Worth

Phone (561) 585-4631

Email cmlayton@hwml-law.com

Web  http://www.Laytonlawoffices.com


101 North "J" Street, Suite 1, Lake Worth, Florida 33460  |  T: 561.585.4631  |  F: 561.585.1317
Unsolicited communications from prospective clients are afforded no confidentiality, are not private, and should not be sent to the firm. Only direct contact with a firm lawyer will result in an attorney-client relationship being established. Any person seeking legal representation, who provides information via this website should not consider the information to be confidential. The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be used based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, please ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience.