Why Would I Appeal A Family Law Matter?
If you feel the judge has made a mistake in your case, you may wish to file an appeal. An appeal may be considered if the trial judge made a mistake in the law or the facts of a case, did not resolve all of the issues in question, did not conduct the appropriate hearing, or abused his or her discretion in the case.
When Do I Appeal?
The big question in determining if it is the right time to appeal is whether there is a final order in the case. A final order is one that resolves all the issues between all of the parties in the case. When a family law matter is final, you have an automatic right to file an appeal. In general you must file a Notice of Appeal within 45 days of the final order in the case, though that number is shorter in certain cases.
If there is not a final order and the case is still pending, there is no automatic right to appeal but you may request permission to appeal. The process for seeking permission to appeal an interlocutory order begins with filing a Motion for Leave to Appeal. Continue reading