In pre-decree divorce and child custody cases, the court is authorized by statute to hold a Temporary Orders hearing. A Temporary Orders hearing is used to allow the court to address important issues in a case as soon as possible, rather than waiting until Permanent, or Final, Orders to address disputes for the first time. The most pressing concerns in family law cases concern children, and then stabilizing the family living situation and finances. Accordingly, at the Temporary Orders hearing the court will hear requests to establish a temporary parenting time plan and temporary allocation of decision-making. The court is tasked with maintaining the “status quo,” so to the extent possible, the court’s orders regarding parenting time and decision-making are issued to preserve some semblance of the type of parenting time the children were used to when the parents were together.