What is a motion for temporary orders Hi. I’m Eric Engel, a Seattle divorce lawyer with the Engel Law Group here in Seattle, Washington. Motions for temporary orders are some of the most common motions that we see here in Washington state. A motion for temporary orders usually means that a party is asking the court to make an initial determination of who should get custody of the children. How much and what debts should be paid and by whom. Whether or not child support should be paid, whether or not spousal maintenance.