In Collin County, Texas, every divorce that gets filed has the Collin County Standing Order attached to it, which is effective against both parties to the divorce. The Standing Order replaces the previous procedure to apply for the standard family law restraining orders. The purpose of the Standing Order is to provide some general rules of behavior for parties during a divorce. It prohibits behaviors such as changing the child’s school or day-care, making harassing phone calls, or opening the other parties mail. It also prohibits either party from changing beneficiaries on life insurance or disconnecting utilities at either party’s residence.
As far as enforceability… the Standing Order is not very enforceable. So, if there’s some behavior you are particularly interested in curtailing, the better course of action is to get an order from the court directed specifically at the party to prohibit the action.