A Knowledgeable Advocate
Appellate law is significantly different from negotiations and trials and an appellate attorney must have experience reviewing trial records, determining issues, identifying errors, and crafting a compelling written argument. Paul has built a successful career mastering these skills and brings more than 40 years of experience to every case.
Paul begins every case with a candid client discussion about the process, timeline, and the chances of success. Client involvement is minimal because appeals focus primarily on detailed research and creating a written argument. The process can be time-consuming and emotionally draining, but having an expert advocate in your corner can make a sizeable difference in your family life.
A divorce appeal is an uphill battle because the initial case has been lost. Many people are frustrated with the outcome from their proceedings, whether it is unfair property division, unacceptable child custody and visitation arrangements and improper child support, or spousal support payments. They want to appeal the decision.
Custody and Visitation
After a divorce or a paternity action, it is not uncommon for a parent to be dissatisfied with the terms of child custody and visitation rights. Was sufficient parenting time granted? Did the court fail to identify the other parent as a threat? Was relocation granted or not granted improperly or unfairly? If any of these areas are cause for concern, then you may want to consider an appeal.
The division of marital property is another area of contention. Should certain property have been classified as non-marital? Was the property division truly equitable? Were business interests shared or divided when ownership was more appropriate? There can be a multitude of reasons for reconsidering the fairness of your property division proceedings where an appeal would be a logical next step.
Are There Grounds For An Appeal?
The first step is to determine if there are grounds for an appeal. There must be an indication that the judge or the previous lawyer made a mistake which can be corrected. After reviewing your case and determining the grounds for an appeal, Paul will deliver a written legal argument that puts you in the best position for success.