This post recaps my series on the handling of family law appeals in San Bernardino, California. I felt it necessary to write on this topic because many people are unhappy after a Family Court trial, do not know what options they have going forward, and do not know what to expect from the process. My goal with this series has been to provide information which will help people to better understand their options and to make an informed decision when selecting an appellate attorney. If you have questions about the process, then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I have addressed several topics over my recent articles. Issues which I have analyzed include:
- The difference between a family law trial and an appeal
- The process involved in a family law appeal
- An appeal’s possible outcomes
- Why it may not be in a person’s best interests to file an appeal
There are several reasons why these topics should be understood by someone who is considering challenging the Trial Court’s decision. First, many make the mistake of thinking that appeals are a “do over” of the trial process. This is not the case. The Court will not consider new evidence or arguments beyond those raised at trial. Instead, the Court will review the record to see if the Trial Judge made some form of a legal error. Second, the deadlines involved in filing a family law appeal are strictly enforced; if you miss your deadline then you will miss a chance to challenge the Trial Court’s ruling. Third, it is important to understand that you may win your case outright on appeal, that you may have to face another trial, and that the previous ruling may simply be affirmed. Finally, there may be instances where it is actually in one’s best interests to not pursue an appeal.
One point that I cannot stress enough is that appeals are a complicated process and many attorneys do not handle such matters. It is important that you retain counsel who is familiar with the rules, procedures, and nuances of this process. I will use your initial consultation to understand what happened during the trial process and to gain an understanding of your goals. Contact my office today to speak with a San Bernardino family law appeals lawyer. We also service Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Ontario, Victorville, Rialto, Hesperia, Chino, Upland, Apple Valley, Redlands, Highland, Colton, Yucaipa, Montclair, elsewhere in the Inland Empire, as well as Los Angeles.