Many times, even a relatively collaborative or uncontested divorce, the process can take months to complete, simply because of the complexities involved with marital property, debt, children and other marital areas. Parties do not have to wait until the process is complete to get some structure and stability. Instead they may file a motion for temporary orders for a number of issues, including legal decision making and parenting time, child support, spousal maintenance, property, debt and attorney fees. Often, a temporary order eventually becomes the permanent arrangement, should both parties agree to its terms. A temporary order will remain in effect until a judge issues another order that replaces the temporary one.
Arizona Revised Statute § 25-404 states that a temporary order can be put in place after a hearing, if the spouses can't agree to the terms, or simply after the request has been approved by both parties.