Butler Family Appeals Lawyer
If the court made a decision against you, whether it was in regards to child custody, child support, distribution of marital property, or another family law dispute, you have a limited time to take action and appeal the decision. While the court may have gotten the matter wrong the first time around, an appeal may set things straight. The experienced Butler family appeals lawyers at Bunde & Roberts, P.C., can help you fight the original court decision so that you come out on top. You do not have to be content with the unfavorable trial court decision. Together, we can build a strong case to reverse the decision. Or, if the original court decision was in your favor, and the other party is contesting the decision by taking the matter to an appeals court, we can help you protect your rights on appeal.
Common Appealable Court Orders
Most appellate court decisions confirm the original trial court decision when it comes to family law, according to Divorce Magazine. However, that does not mean that your case will end up that way. Common appealable court orders include:
- Child custody;
- Child visitation;
- Child support;
- Spousal support;
- Division of marital assets;
- Orders surrounding prenuptial and postnuptial agreements; and
Family Court Orders That Can Be Appealed
Appeals are filed in roughly 10.9 percent of cases, according to Cornell Law. The appellate court exists to give the losing party—the party that did not receive a favorable outcome—a second chance. After all, there are certain mistakes that the court can make. The judge may have made an error, evidence that should not have been used may have been used, or other factors may have caused an error in the court’s decision making. However, not all court orders are appealable. Moreover, only final court orders are appealable, though a few circumstances do exist where interlocutory orders can be appealed. In addition, you either must convince the court to permit the appeal, or show that the order is appealable “as of right.”
Time is of the Essence When it Comes to Preserving Your Right to Appeal
In Pennsylvania, once you establish that your order can be appealed, there is a certain process that must be followed to seek the appeal. Ensuring that the issues that you want to appeal are preserved is key, or you must make an argument for why they should not be waived. You need to work with an attorney and get started on the appeals process relatively soon after the trial court’s order was made.
Contact a Butler Family Law Appeals Attorney Today for Help
Here at Bunde & Roberts, we have more than 100 years of combined experience handling all matters of family law, including representation of both sides of appellate decisions. We are here for you in this time of need, whether the court order favored you and you wish to preserve the judgment, or you are petitioning for an appeal of an unfavorable court order. Contact or call us today at 412-391-4330 to schedule a free consultation.