In this video, former attorney James A. Weaver of The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller breaks down the process of a “pendente lite hearing.”
This is a rush hearing that provides you protection if you are going through a divorce. A spouse may request a pendente lite court order to receive protection from harassment, or to receive financial protection (i.e. preventing one spouse from abruptly emptying a joint bank account, or abruptly cutting off utility or phone payments.) You may also request a pendente lite court order for temporary spousal support, or temporary child custody, child support, or visitation.
The purpose of these temporary protective orders is to ensure a sense of security and certainty leading up to a final divorce decree.