The final hearing of a divorce trial should mean the situation is finally at an end and the parties can obtain closure and move on with their lives. But what happens when the final order or post-judgment leaves you unhappy? Call Leslie Law Firm right away.
Not all judgments will seem fair or satisfactory to all parties, and timing is critical. If you want to appeal, you are asking a higher court to review the decision made at the trial level and overturn that decision. Appeals have very strict deadlines and requirements, and the failure to adhere to those requirements often leads to harsh penalties, such as the dismissal of your entire appeal.
Appeals do require the assistance of an attorney who is familiar with the appellate process, and someone who is skilled in presenting cases to appellate judges. The process differs from trial litigation, since one of the greatest issues is knowing what information to include and what to exclude from the appeal. Alison Leslie can offer representation for appeals. Some matters that can be appealed are child custody arrangements, child support, alimony or other terms of your divorce. Our attorneys will learn about the details of your case and present only the strongest arguments.
If you decide to appeal, your attorney will write a brief to a panel of judges. The judges may want to hear your attorney in person on the issue, or they may simply render a decision based on the briefs submitted. Either way, the important issue to remember is that the decision will be based on the testimony and evidence at trial. An appeal is not a new trial. It is your attorney asking a higher court to correct a mistake made by the trial court. If you are successful in your appeal, the typical result is that you receive a new trial, which allows the mistake made by the trial court to be corrected.