A pendente lite hearing is a hearing for temporary relief during the pendency of a divorce. It means “while litigation is pending” in Latin.
The initial plea you file with the court to commence a divorce is called a “complaint.” The complaint outlines that Party A seeks a divorce from Party B on one of several grounds and it asks for various relief. Once that complaint is filed, there is a hearing with the court referred to as a pendente lite hearing – or a motion for temporary relief.
What is important to remember about a pendente lite hearing is that which is temporary does have a way over time of becoming permanent. M&R Law puts a lot of work into the pendente lite hearing and preparing for it because we know that it’s going to be tone-setting.
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