interlocutory decree

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary

A court judgment that is not final until the judge decides other matters in the case or until enough time has passed to see if the interim decision is working. In the past, interlocutory decrees were most often used in divorces. The terms of the divorce were set out in an interlocutory decree, which would become final only after a waiting period.

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.