Exactly what is a standing order?
I had a lady that called me. She was all freaked out because she thought her husband had filed this divorce and had a private hearing with a judge where she wasn't involved. She was really worried. So, she came in for a consultation and I took a look at that order. What it turned out to be was just the standard standing order.
A standing order is an order that is local, which means for each county or circuit. It just lays out the procedures for going through a divorce. It lets you know that neither party can harass the other party. It lets you know that neither party can sell, trade, or take a loan out against any kind of marital assets that are subject to the divorce. It will provide that the children need to stay within the jurisdiction of the court. If there are mediation requirements, it will lay out those mediation requirements. If the circuit or the county requires a parenting class, it will give you information about the parenting class.
So, you can just relax when you see that order. It's just a standard order that just kind of tells everybody the rules that are going to be required in going forward with the divorce.
After I explained everything to her, she relaxed a little bit. She understood it was just the standard thing, and that there were actually protections for her.
Each county or circuit has other things that may be specific to that county. They may have a specific procedure that they want everybody to know about. They may have other specific requirements. As such, it's important when you receive that standing order, that you read it, and you understand it. If there's something in there that you don't understand, maybe you should talk to your attorney.
I hope this helps you to relax a little bit if you see that order and it freaks you out a little bit. Understand it's just a general order.
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Nedra K. Howard
Nedra has represented clients in matters relating to divorce, separate maintenance, child custody and support, family violence protective orders, adoption, prenuptial agreements, business disputes and litigation, personal injury, property damage, and wills.
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