Lancaster Family Law Appeals Lawyer
Getting divorced doesn’t end some marital conflict, especially if there are children involved. Support and custody are often disputed and subject to litigation years after the divorce was finalized. When a judge decides the matter, someone is going to be unhappy with the result. You may be able to appeal the family court’s decision. Contact us today to discuss your case. With over twenty years of experience helping clients with family law appeals in Lancaster, PA, we will be able to determine if there is a chance you may be able to overturn the judge’s decision on appeal.
Why Do I Need a Family Law Appeals Attorney in Lancaster?
Once a family law judge has handed down a decision, the clock starts ticking. You have only thirty (30) days to file your Notice of Appeal and it must be served upon the other party in compliance with court rules. There are additional filing requirements in Lancaster County depending upon the subject matter of your appeal, and procedural deadlines for filing supporting documents such as a brief. Keep in mind that filing an appeal is different from filing a petition to change the amount of support paid or to change the child custody arrangement. An appeal is much more procedurally complex and relies not on the submission of more information, but on persuading the appellate judges that the family law judge got either the facts or the law wrong or that some other error was made. This takes a skilled family law appeals attorney with years of experience to achieve. Know that if you appeal without sufficient grounds, you can be held responsible for paying your opponent’s attorney and filing fees. Let us help you so that you avoid making that mistake.
Sometimes Filing a Request for Reconsideration is Enough
An alternative to filing an appeal in Lancaster is to file a request for reconsideration with the family law judge. When you meet with us, we can tell you if a request for reconsideration is appropriate given the facts of your matter. Filing a request for reconsideration does not stop the 30 day period you have to file your appeal.
How Long Does it Take to Appeal a Family Court Decision in Lancaster?
Child custody appeals are “fast-tracked,” however, it may take anywhere from six to eight months for the appeal to be heard. Other family law appeals in Lancaster may take from nine to twelve months to resolve.
Contact an Experienced Family Law Appeal Attorney in Lancaster, PA
We have the experience you need to determine whether an appeal is appropriate and to handle all of the legal and procedural requirements of that appeal. Moreover, we have over twenty years of experience persuading judges of the correctness of our clients’ positions.
Put our experience to work for you. Call us today to discuss your case.