Did you know that the South has the highest divorce rate in the country? It’s true. According to a 2009 U.S. Census report, southerners have a higher likelihood of calling it quits, perhaps due to the fact that we have more marriages and younger married couples than are commonly seen in other parts of the nation. The report notes that on a national level, there are 9.2 divorces for every 1,000 men and 9.7 for women. Here in the South, the number is at least one point higher for both sexes. Divorces are always painful, and they happen for countless…
Temporary mutual injunctions are a tool used in the divorce process that prevent either party from conducting themselves in a manner that would harass the other party, destroy or tamper with marital assets or disrupt the lives of the children. Mutual injunctions apply to conduct, property, assets and children.
The parties and their attorneys may agree to mutual injunctions at the onset of a divorce or the judge may order them at a temporary orders hearing. Once the judge has signed temporary mutual injunctions it is very important that the parties comply.
Temporary mutual injunctions are different from a temporary restraining order mostly in length. A temporary restraining order is submitted to the court and signed by a judge and usually includes the same provisions that temporary injunctions include. A temporary restraining order, however, only lasts for fourteen days from the date of signature by the judge. Temporary mutual injunctions can be in place for the entire pendency of a divorce proceeding.
If a party violates a temporary mutual injunction, for example selling off community assets or removing a party from an insurance policy, the court can take that behavior and actions into account when dividing the community estate or awarding custody of children.