Temporary support orders are typically obtained at the beginning of the case. When I file a complaint about divorce if the parties are living separately, I'll also file a motion to establish a temporary support order. The temporary support order can grant you alimony or child support. The temporary support order will help you get the payments you need while the divorce is pending. Once the divorce is finalized and a permanent order for child support or alimony is entered, then the temporary orders will terminate.