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Divorce Property Conflicts: The Role of Temporary Court Orders

Sometimes it gets ugly in a divorce. This is as true for divorce in Southeast Michigan as it is anywhere else.

Sure, some couples are able to settle their differences in a relatively amicable way. But many others face various forms of conflict.

Physical violence is of course one form that conflict can take. But this post is not about domestic violence or personal protection orders.

Instead, let’s look at another common of conflict: over property.

Suppose you become concerned that the spouse from whom you are seeking a divorce is hiding assets or taking other financial actions that are detrimental to your interest.

For example, he or she may be trying to buy or sell property, or trying to borrow money against your house.

Other types of financial dealings that should concern you include chancing the beneficiary designations on life or health insurance policies or other documents. This happen with retirement accounts and even wills as well.

If you suspect that your spouse is considering such actions, or has begun taking them, you don’t have to stand idly by. You can seek a type of protection that is generally known as an ATRO.

ATRO stands for automatic temporary restraining order.

These are court orders that apply to both spouses and prohibit the types of actions outlined above. In essence, it puts a freeze on a couple’s assets until the divorce process can resolve who gets what.

There may be a lot of financial sorting out to do before the issues can be resolved. An ATRO is intended to stop one party from gaining unfair advantage before that resolution is complete.

Source: “Divorcing Women: Here’s What You Need to Know About ATROs,” Forbes, Jeff Landers, 7-11-12