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Grand Rapids Family Lawyers for Divorce and Family Law Appeals

The decision to appeal a case is a difficult decision. The cost to appeal is significant.  Sometimes just the cost of the required transcripts can be thousands of dollars.  The decision is even more difficult due to the short period of time that court rules provide to make the decision whether to appeal. 

Some decisions by the trial court receive an automatic right to a timely appeal.  For example, a divorce judgment or final custody order may always be timely appealed.   Other decisions, such as a child support modification, may only appealed by leave of the Court. This means that you will need to provide a timely filed brief to the Court of Appeals to convince the judges that there is sufficient law and argument that an error was made. If you are successful, then you may file the actual appeal.  This extra requirement creates an extra expense, which you should consider when deciding whether you want to appeal a decision.

Some decisions can be appealed.However, if the facts and law are not on your side,  then the trial court judge had no choice but to rule against you. Judges and attorneys do make mistakes sometimes, though. If you are facing difficult and undesirable consequences due to an unjust trial outcome, our Grand Rapids appellate attorneys can help you seek a favorable result on appeal.

Experienced Grand Rapids Appellate Attorneys for Family Law Matters

With decades of experience in complex and highly-contentious family law matters, our attorneys have represented clients on both sides of virtually all types of family-related legal disputes. This includes representing existing clients in appellate matters as well as taking on clients who had different trial counsel and who now need help seeking a just result on appeal.

We handle appellate cases involving all family-related legal matters, including:

In most cases, you have 21 days to initiate the appeals process after receiving an unfavorable ruling in a family law matter. As a result, if you are considering an appeal, it is important that you contact us immediately. Our attorneys can quickly assess your options. If it appears that you have grounds to file an appeal, one of our Grand Rapids family law attorneys can take appropriate action to preserve your legal rights.

FAQs: Family Law Appeals in Michigan

Q: Is it more cost-effective to use my trial attorney for my appeal?

Not necessarily. While your trial attorney will be up to speed on your case (therefore reducing the time necessary to gather the information needed for your appeal), there are several potential countervailing factors. For one, it could be that your trial attorney is the reason you need to file an appeal. If your need to base your appeal on errors made at the trial level, you will need different appellate counsel.  A second, independent, opinion will always be beneficial considering the cost of an appeal.

Additionally, not all attorneys handle appellate matters on a regular basis. At Kraayeveld Law, we maintain an active appellate practice, and we have the background knowledge necessary to efficiently handle our clients’ appeals.

Q: What if it has been more than 21 days since my hearing?

In most circumstances, you have the right to file a leave to appeal which is basically a request to the Court of Appeals to file an appeal.  You may file such a request up to one year after the court order. This is a costly extra step in the proceedings, and it may decrease your chances of success, but if an error was made at the trial level, you may want to consider this option.

Q: If the trial judge ruled against me, what are my chances of success on appeal?

It depends. There are numerous factors that can affect your likelihood of success on appeal, and the issues addressed in appellate court are very different from those addressed at the trial level. We can give you an idea of your chances of success once we know more about your case.

Schedule an Initial Consultation with a Grand Rapids Family Lawyer

If you would like to speak with one of our Michigan appellate attorneys about your divorce or family law case, please contact us to schedule a confidential initial consultation. Call our Grand Rapids, MI law offices at call 616-285-0808 to request an appointment, or tell us how to reach you, and we will be in touch shortly.