What does "Status Quo" Mean and why does it matter?

Status Quo simply means to keep the things the same during the pendency of your divorce and custody case.  Essentially, many spouses and parents want things to change right away after the case is filed. They want to live as if they are already divorced or the case has already been decided in their favor.  This approach is not what Judges prefer, however.

Judges would prefer that things stay the same for the time being until there is either an agreement (in writing and entered with the Judge), or until the Judge makes a decision.  Until then, neither one spouse or the other should make changes to finances, debts, custodial arrangements, or residency. 

So, moving money around is probably a bad idea and will result in the case being more expensive.  Also, changing the custodial arrangements during a divorce is probably not a good move.  If one parent is accustomed to seeing the children daily, and you did something to negatively impact that usual situation, you could be branded as an alienator, which you should avoid at all costs.

It's important for all spouses to understand that until the end of the case, they are not divorced and their income and assets remain marital until there's an agreement or the Judge makes a final ruling.  While some spouses are eager to move on with their new lives, the Court system doesn't move as quickly and discourages quick decisions or dramatic changes in a child's life. 

Strategically, its better and less expensive to hold back from making changes that were not the norm from when the marriage was still intact.

To discuss your options about this topic, call Paul Nordini for your free same-day phone consultation at (630) 416-6600.