Standing Orders

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What is a standing order?

Most counties in Texas have a standing order that is in place for family law cases. It sets out general guidelines for how the parties to the case should behave with regards to property/use of money, conduct of the parties, personal and business records, insurance, household bills/ documents and evidence and children.

When does the standing order go into effect?

Can I change the locks on my house?

I still own the marital residence but I am living in an apartment. Why can’t I come and go into the marital residence?

Can I redo my will while my divorce is not final?

Can I change my beneficiary designation on my retirement accounts?

Why can’t I change the beneficiary on my retirement accounts?

Since we are separated, can I stop paying for my spouse’s cellphone, car payment, car insurance, health insurance, etc?

I need a new car. Can I trade my car in and purchase a new one during the divorce?

How can I pay my attorneys fees if I can’t incur debt according to the standing order?

I know my spouse’s email password. She always let me look at her emails before we filed for divorce. Can I look through her emails now?

Can I put a GPS tracker on my spouse’s car to see where he/she is spending time?

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