Since temporary hearings are very different from ordinary civil proceedings, it is important to remember that different rules apply. It is also important to remember that technically, the merits of the main case are not at issue. See O.C.G.A. Section 19-6-3.

The purpose of a temporary hearing is to establish some form of initial financial support during the time the main case is progressing such as:

– Temporary Child Support
– Custody and Visitation
– Alimony / Spousal Support
– Attorney’s Fees

During a temporary hearing, each side may only present oral testimony of the party and one witness. Any additional witnesses may testify via deposition or affidavit. See Uniform Superior court rule 24.5(A).

Witness affidavits must be served upon the opposing party / counsel no less than twenty-four (24) hours prior to a hearing. See Uniform Superior court rule 24.5(A). If the temporary hearing involved alimony and/or child support, each side must present a Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit (frequently abbreviated by attorneys as DRFA). See Uniform Superior court Rule 24.2.

If the temporary hearing involves custody, the parties should present a Parenting Plan, Child Support Addendum and Child Support Worksheets.

The rules of evidence are relaxed during temporary hearings. For example, the court may admit hearsay. See Gray v. Gray, 226, GA. 767, 768, 117 S.E. 2d 575 (1970). However, it is important to remember hearsay has no probative value.