Why have temporary orders in a divorce? Between the time a divorce is filed and the final divorce decree is entered, there often must be some controls in place concerning children and property. These controls are the temporary orders entered by the Court either by agreement of the parties or after a hearing.
Divorce and restraining orders in Texas: If served with a restraining order in a divorce suit, you should read it carefully. Generally speaking, the language will say the Respondent is immediately restrained from ... a specific list of things. The list will usually be numbered. Read each item on the list. The list is your list of commandments. If you don't understand the order, take it to an experienced family law attorney to decipher it for you. You will need the lawyer to go to court with you when the applicant has a hearing to expand the restraining order into a temporary injunction during the pendency of the litigation.
Why do you need a family law attorney? After all, there are forms available on line and all you need do is fill in the blanks. A problem with forms is they often need to be tailored to fit the circumstances. Another problem with forms is the forms often do not apply. I saw an instance where a person asked which forms should she take to court in 60 days when she was going to have a hearing on child custody. When you have a contested hearing, you should take a lawyer with you. There are appropriate forms such as a financial information sheet, a proposed parenting plan, and an exhibit list which may be necessary to help the judge. But, you need a lawyer to present your case.
The amount of alimony is limited in Texas. Chapter 8 of the Family Code talks about "court ordered maintenance" which lay people refer to as alimony. That chapter of the code is specific as to who may receive alimony, under what circumstances, for how long, and a cap on the monthly payments.
Perils of DIY Texas child custody & visitation-- I had an inquiry from a poor sole who asked if once his rights were terminated, could he get them back--he was unprepared at trial. Child custody and visitation is not a Do It Yourself task. Once a judgment of termination of parental rights becomes final, generally 30 days after it's signed, that judgment is nearly impossible to undo. Termination of parental rights is permanent and can't be undone. Without adopting your own children, there is no way to recreate those parental rights. If you don't understand the lawsuit papers when you receive them, take them to a lawyer. Even if you do understand the lawsuit papers, take them to a lawyer if you care at all about your children. There are family law attorneys who can help you with this. Don't take the passive-agressive route. You can get easily burned.