Temporary Spousal Support:
Temporary spousal support occurs when the Court orders one party to pay the other party spousal support while a divorce or legal separation is pending (i.e., before the Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage or Legal Separation is entered). In order to receive temporary spousal support a party must make a request for an award of temporary spousal support to the Court by filing the proper motion or Request for Order.
The purpose of temporary spousal support is to attempt to preserve the status quo (i.e., allow both parties to maintain the same standard of living established during marriage).
In the vast majority of cases, the Court determines the amount of temporary spousal support by using an accepted computer program such as Dissomaster or Xspouse. These programs calculate temporary spousal support based on such factors as respective income of the parties, tax filing status, tax exemptions, and certain tax and other type of deductions. In addition, if temporary child support is also being awarded in a case, the amount of the child support award affects the amount of temporary spousal support.