The courts in several north Texas counties (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Rockwall, Tarrant) have adopted “standing orders” that are applicable to all divorce suits the moment the case is filed. The orders are applicable to both parties and state that no one is to upset the status quo, either financially or with respect to the children. The orders are intended to prevent a mischievous party from: a) hiding the kids or b) spending money for frivolous purposes. It is OK to pay for ongoing living expenses, regular business expenses and expenses related to the divorce.