Temporary orders concerning custody and support are typically obtained at or near the inception of a family law case. As temporary orders often remain in place during the pendency of a case, their importance should not be underestimated. Temporary orders play a particularly critical role in custody disputes because they can impact the “status quo” which existed prior to the filing of a Complaint for Divorce. For example, a parent who spends increased time with a child pursuant to a temporary order may then be able to demonstrate at the time of trial that he/she is prepared to parent the child with such an increased time-share on a permanent basis. For that reason, it is important to prepare a motion with supporting affidavits or a detailed opposition with competing claims for relief in order to provide the court with the admissible evidence it needs to make a sound decision in setting support or determining custody on a pendente lite basis.