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Posted by LEISA WINTZ | May 03, 2024 | 0 Comments

Family law in Florida is governed by various orders which can greatly impact the process and outcomes of family court proceedings. In this guide, we'll take a closer look at two specific types of orders: standing orders and status quo orders, drawing insights from recent training videos produced by the Family Matters Law Group.

Standing Orders in Florida Family Court

Standing orders are directives set by judges that outline specific rules and procedures to be followed in court. These orders are critical for anyone appearing in court because they detail how hearings are conducted, what evidence or witnesses are permissible, and the deadlines for submissions. Naz, a legal expert, emphasizes the importance of understanding these orders to avoid adverse consequences like being prevented from presenting crucial evidence or calling witnesses.

Status Quo Orders

On another front, status quo orders deal with maintaining the living arrangements and responsibilities that were in place before a divorce case was filed. Each county may have its own version of these orders. They typically cover aspects such as continuing to pay the mortgage, managing bills, and adhering to child custody schedules during the court proceedings. This ensures stability for all parties involved, particularly children.

Distinguishing Between the Orders

It's essential to recognize the differences between standing and status quo orders. Standing orders are specific to each judge's courtroom and must be carefully studied and followed. Conversely, status quo orders are broader and issued by the county, varying in their acceptance among judges. Understanding both types of orders and their implications can significantly assist legal professionals in navigating the complexities of family court procedures effectively.

This guide should serve as a fundamental resource for employees of the Family Matters Law Group, helping them to understand and navigate the intricacies of family court in Florida more proficiently.

About the Author


Leisa Wintz originally began her career as a marriage and family therapist. Ms. Wintz went on to attend law school and started practicing family law in 2009. However, she quickly realized that many family law practices lacked the empathy and compassion she believed were necessary in order to achi...


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