At the Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C., our experience and dedication to family law can help our San Francisco family law clients navigate the appeals process in California. Dissatisfaction with the outcome of a trial for legal separation or marital dissolution does not provide grounds for an appeal. Settlement agreements usually cannot be appealed if both spouses agreed to the terms of the settlement. An appeal may be taken only if there has been an error of law. If the law has been misapplied in your marital dissolution, our firm offers experience at the appellate level of family law practice.
Because California law affords trial court judges broad discretion in family law matters, appellate courts are hesitant to overturn trial court decisions. However, there are circumstances in which the trial courts mistakenly apply the law to a particular marital dissolution or family law matter. Because family law judges are not infallible, the appellate process exists precisely to review these misapplications.
We believe that justice is served through proper application of the law. When the law has been applied in error, you need an attorney experienced in the complexities of family law. At the Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C., we diligently and aggressively assert the rights of our San Francisco clients and argue the nuanced contours of family law to illustrate the errors made by the trial court before the appellate court.
Appellate court decisions usually turn on the “record,” a written version of what happened in the trial court. The success of an appeal usually depends on what occurred at trial and the quality of the brief submitted to the appeals court. New evidence may not ordinarily be introduced on appeal. Once an appeals court has made its decision, the opportunity for further appeal is limited.
Family court judgments affect intimate aspects of people’s lives, including finances and children. A judgment based on legal error can have a serious impact on your future. An experienced family law attorney is critical in an appeal because misapplication of the law can seriously affect your legal rights.
Because the appellate process is time-sensitive and involves numerous statutory deadlines, we make every effort to ensure that you are aware of your appellate rights. At the Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C., we will assist you in analyzing your appellate options. To speak with a family law attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area about the appellate process, please call 415.834.1120. We will prepare your appeal with care, diligence, and attention to detail.