Appeals

Family law matters like child custody, child support, alimony and asset division are personal and emotionally charged. When a New Jersey family court decision doesn’t reflect your best interests or seems unfair, it’s important to understand your options.  One option you may have is to file a family law appeal.

At Jersey Coast Family Law, we understand the complexities of the family law appeals process in New Jersey. Our experienced attorneys are dedicated to guiding you through this challenging time and advocating for a more favorable outcome.

What is a Family Law Appeal?

A family law appeal allows you to challenge a decision made by a family court judge in New Jersey.  The appeals court will review your case and determine whether the original judge made a legal error or overlooked important information.  If the appeals court finds merit in your appeal, they may:

  • Uphold the original decision: This is the most common outcome, but it doesn’t mean your case is lost. We can explore other options to revisit the original decision.
  • Reverse the original decision: In this scenario, the appeals court completely overturns the lower court’s ruling, potentially creating a more favorable outcome for you.
  • Modify the original decision: The appeals court may partially modify the original decision, addressing specific issues raised in the appeal.
  • Send the case back for reconsideration: Sometimes, the appeals court may send the case back to the lower court with specific instructions for a new hearing.

When Should You Consider a Family Law Appeal?

Not every family court decision warrants an appeal. Here are some reasons why a family law appeal may be appropriate:

  • New Evidence: If you have discovered new and relevant evidence that was not available during the original trial, you may have grounds for appeal.
  • Legal Error: If the judge made a mistake in applying the law to your case, it could be a basis for appeal.
  • Procedural Error: Did the judge improperly exclude evidence, deny you a fair hearing, or make a procedural mistake during the trial? These could be grounds for appeal.
  • Factual Misrepresentation: If the judge based their decision on inaccurate or misrepresented facts, an appeal might be appropriate.
  • Bias: If you believe there was bias against you or your attorney during the original proceedings, you may be able to appeal.

Contact Jersey Coast Family Law for a consultation
with an Ocean and Monmouth County family law appeals attorney  (732) 361-4718

The Family Law Appeals Process in New Jersey

The family law appeals process in New Jersey can be complex and requires strict adherence to deadlines.  Here’s a general overview of the steps involved:

  1. Notice of Appeal:
    You have a limited window of time (typically 45 days) to file a notice of appeal with the lower court and the appeals court.
  2. Preparing the Appeal Brief:
    This document outlines the legal arguments for your appeal, highlighting errors made by the original court. Your attorney will draft this legal brief.
  3. Oral Arguments:
    In some cases, the appeals court may schedule oral arguments where your attorney can present your case before a panel of judges.
  4. Ruling from the Appeals Court:
    The appeals court will issue a written decision regarding your case, outlining the outcome mentioned earlier (upholding, reversing, modifying or remanding).

Why Choose Jersey Coast Family Law for Your Family Law Appeal?

Our family law attorneys understand the emotional and financial toll a family law dispute can take.  When you choose us to handle your family law appeal, you benefit from:

  • Extensive Experience: Our legal team has a proven track record of successfully handling complex family law appeals in New Jersey.
  • In-Depth Knowledge: We possess in-depth knowledge of New Jersey family law and appellate procedures.
  • Strategic Approach: We carefully evaluate your case and develop a strategic approach to maximize your chances of success.
  • Compassionate Representation: We understand the sensitive nature of family law matters and offer compassionate support throughout the appeals process.
  • Aggressive Advocacy: We will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and obtain the outcome you deserve.

We Understand Your Needs

The prospect of a family law appeal can be daunting. However, you are not alone.  Our experienced attorneys at Jersey Coast Family Law are here to guide you through every step of the process, answer your questions, and provide you with the legal support you need to navigate this challenging time.

Contact Our Monmouth and Ocean County Family Law Attorneys for a Free Consultation today (732) 361-4718.

If you are considering appealing a family court decision in New Jersey, schedule a free consultation with Jersey Coast Family Law today. We can discuss your case in detail and advise you on the best course of action moving forward. Let us help you protect your future and the future of your loved ones.

Jersey Coast Family Law has offices in Toms River and Red Bank and serves clients throughout New Jersey.

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Jersey Coast Family Law have extensive knowledge in divorce litigation and family law mediation matters, from pre-nuptial agreements and post-judgment litigation. Our team has reached countless favorable resolutions on behalf of individuals involved in high-net-worth, complex, and litigious cases. As dedicated family lawyers, our goal is to guide our clients to the right path towards emotional and financial resolution.

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