Why would you need temporary orders?


Court cases can take up to nine months to more than a year to wind themselves through the court system and to a final outcome. That is a long time to go without child support. That is a long time to go without a parenting schedule that allows the children to be with both parents regularly.


What do you do in the meantime if custody and support are not addressed?

The courts have created a system that allows parents to petition the court within a very short time, sometimes in as few as 14 days for a hearing, at which time you ask your judge for temporary relief. You are not doomed to wait up to a year to address your children’s best interests.  You can get a court date within a few short weeks.  Your judge will order a time sharing schedule and temporary child support, perhaps along with other relief that is specific to each individual case.


This process is called the Rule 504 Temporary Orders Motion.   The rule requires comprehensive and specific facts and proof from the requesting party, which he or she must prepare and present to the court before showing up at the hearing and asking for relief. 

The Temporary Orders system is designed for contested matters.  After all, if you agreed, you wouldn’t have to ask your judge for relief.


The Temporary Orders system also addresses relief such as temporary attorney fees, temporary spousal support, temporary sharing of income, temporary use and occupancy of the community residence as well as relief that is unique to your individual situation.


Idaho Family Law Forms Plain & Simple has created a three step process – a streamlined, yet comprehensive system to help you prepare you for your Temporary Orders Hearing and to achieve your Temporary Orders while you’re awaiting trial.



  • Attorney Consultation



  • Motion for Temporary Orders

  • Parenting Plan (optional)

  • Child Support Calculations

  • Affidavit Verifying Income

  • Affidavit in Support of Motion for Temporary Orders



  • Proposed Temporary Order

  • Notice of Hearing

  • Idaho Family Law Forms Plain & Simple Instructions