You really need a lawyer supervising this process. We cannot perform open heart surgery by remote control as we cannot properly advise about the procedure for a stip signing. Lawyers cannot work by remote control.
Your facts are very difficult to follow. If you were sent the stipulation and asked to sign it first, does not mean that your wife has not already approved it, just because her signature is absent from the document. I typically will have the other party sign a stipulation before my client signs it, so this is not unusual. If you have objections to the stipulation, then voice them to your wife's attorney. I strongly recommend that you seek the advice of an attorney before you do anything.
While i totally agree with other counsel you are obviously a very intelligent person you are not as best the facts tell an attorney. The expression "he or she has themselves as an attorney has a fool for a client " apply s here.
Now your question I could be totally wrong understanding what your trying to ask but here goes.
In all the areas I practice the court/judges will not sign an order until its signed or initialed as to form and content before or at same time submitted to court.
In addition Stipulated means to me in plain English agreed. I was not in court with you but my guess is you agreed to this temporary order. That being Stipulated Order as opposed to an Order decided by the judge.
Shot in the dark here as I truly don't have all the facts necessary to answer.
BEST ADVICE despite your lack of funds hire an attorney please
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