Pendente Lite

Definition - What does Pendente Lite mean?

Pendente lite is a term attached to court orders that remain in effect while litigation is pending. The term is Latin and literally means “awaiting litigation.”

In some cases, decisions need to be temporarily made before the parties litigate them. Pendente lite orders effectively hold a status quo before the issue is decided.

Justipedia explains Pendente Lite

Common situations in which a court makes pendente lite orders include family law cases. When divorcing partners bring a divorce action, a judge may order one partner to pay a reasonable amount of alimony or child support while the case is being litigated. This payment will be called alimony pendente lite. Ultimately, an official amount of alimony or child support will be decided through litigation, mediation or settlement, and the pendente lite order will be replaced.

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