Family law cases generally involve complex legal and factual issues, and each case is unique. Occasionally, the trial court may lack a compelling precedent on which to base its decision, or may have misapplied the law to the individual facts of a case. When such a circumstance arises, either party may appeal the case to a higher court.
How Does It Work? An appeal does not require a new trial. Rather, the higher court considers the relevant law, as well as the record from the trial court. Each party files a brief stating his or her position with the reviewing court. If the appeal results in the lower court’s decision being affirmed, the decisions will stand as-is. If the court’s decision is reversed or remanded, the case is sent back down to the trial court for redetermination of one, several or all issues.
Our appellate attorneys posses a unique skill set that enable them to navigate the often-turbulent waters of the appeals process with proven success. We are equipped to handle appeals both for existing clients, as well as clients whose case was handled by another attorney at the trial level.
“Diane Hankins handled my divorce and child custody case with extreme professionalism and compassion.”
“Laurie’s expertise and guidance have been tremendously helpful to me in maintaining the vision of the 'big picture' while maintaining our progress to the desired goal. Laurie is also able to maintain a collaborative relationship with opposing parties as to reach an amicable resolution as efficiently as possible. When, quite literally, the lives of my children were at stake, she acted swiftly and justly to protect all the parties involved.”