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Standing Orders and What They Mean for You


Going through a divorce is hard, especially if you have to go about your everyday life while the process of divorce is still going on. It’s no easy matter to go about your everyday routine with something like that in mind. But if it’s already hard for you, imagine how hard it would be if you add kids into the equation. Watching both your parents go through a divorce might do a lot of harm to the kid. You’re practically watching your family fall apart. In Texas, the divorce court has a way to help mitigate this and try to make it easier for the children caught up in a divorce. Texas has a “Standing Order” for divorces that involve children.

Purpose of the Standing Order

It’s hard for kids to see their parents going through a divorce. A lot of things are going on that they might not understand and that might just end up affecting them negatively. The standing order is there to help keep the status quo at home and sort of protect the children. Ideally, children shouldn’t see their parents go through a rough patch. Tension affects children. In a way, this standing order is there to help the children transition through their parents’ divorce. Kids shouldn’t get caught up in the divorce nor get caught off guard by it. 

What the Standing Order Entails

Since the standing order entails maintaining the status quo of things at home, that means neither of the children’s parents are allowed to disrupt the way things are going at home. Aside from making sure that they don’t show any negative emotions or actions towards the other in front of the children, this also applies to the property at home. No one is allowed to sell or give away anything that they own or that the other owns until the divorce process is over. The parents basically have to be on their best behavior.

Watching your parents choose to part ways is something that’s difficult for a lot of children to deal with. That’s why in Texas, standing orders are there to help protect the children during the entire process of the divorce. The order ensures minimal damage for kids during their parents’ divorce.

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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas.

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