When you make a decision to terminate your marital relationship, what usually ensues initially is chaos. The way many families evolve is you have a division of responsibilities which may be somewhat informal, but it nevertheless exists. Someone takes care of children and someone takes care of paying bills. When the family breaks up without much warning, those assignments are gone, and there is nothing left but chaos. 

There is an emotional element to all of this because there is usually anger or hurt to go along with the complete upset of life routine. When you are involved in this situation, the first task is to bring some sort of stability during the interim while you get through the process of the dissolution of marriage. According to Nolo, that is what temporary relief is all about. 

There are some things that you need to deal with in temporary relief. The first, of course, is financial. As is typically the case, you may live at the level of your combined earnings. These days, it is more often true than not true that both parents work to some extent. You maintain a household on the income that is available for the parents and the children. 

The difficulty with dissolution of marriage is you are suddenly face with maintaining two households on the same income that you had maintained one on previously. The first element that you have to address is the division of financial resources. The allocation of financial resource is between the parties so that any sacrifices that are necessary because of the split are allocated appropriately and shared. This provides a basis as to how the family is going to maintain itself pending the outcome of the case.