In Collin, Dallas, and Denton Counties, the district courts have what are called “Standing Orders” which take effect in all family law cases automatically. Neither side has to request the Standing Orders. You can view a copy of the Standing Orders for Collin, Dallas, and Denton Counties here.
The Standing Orders attempt to set forth ground rules between the parties the same during the pendency of the divorce or child custody case. For example, the Standing Orders prohibit both parties from taking any children out of state, from changing the children’s schools, or hiding the children.
The Standing Orders also address the conduct of the parties. The orders prohibit harassing communication. They also prohibit threatening the other party, opening mail addressed to the other party, or accessing the other party’s emails, bank accounts, or social media accounts.
Finally, in a divorce case, the Standing Orders also help to maintain the finances of the parties. The Orders prohibit the parties from selling or destroying property and withdrawing funds from bank accounts other than for certain circumstances such as reasonable living expenses and attorney fees. The Orders also prevent parties from withdrawing money from retirement accounts, canceling health insurance, or other necessary insurance.
The Standing Orders will remain in place during the divorce or child custody case unless the court orders alternative orders or the parties reach an agreement. Otherwise, the orders will attempt to keep the status quo between the parties during the case.