Appealing a Texas Divorce Decree or Judgement

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Appeals for Litigants in Divorce

Unfortunately, not all litigants in family law matters receive their desired outcome at the end of their court proceeding. If you are unhappy with the final result in your court proceeding, you have the option to talk to an appeals lawyer and explore an additional review of your case. To do this successfully, you need to have an experienced and knowledgeable family law attorney on your side.  

What is an Appeal? 

An appeal is a request for a higher court to review a lower court’s decision. In Texas, you generally have a window of 30 days to file an appeal after the trial court signs the judgment, although the deadline can be shorter under certain circumstances. The opposing party then has the option of filing a cross-appeal and has at least 14 days to do so. 

How Do I Appeal a Family Court Decision in Texas? 

Because you only have a short period of time to file an appeal, time is of the essence. If you believe that the judge in your case made an error or exhibited bias in your ruling, speak to your divorce attorney as soon as possible. They can walk you through the process of filing an appeal and the likelihood of success.

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The Divorce Appellate Process 

After hiring your attorney and establishing your grounds for appeal, you can expect the following: 

1. You appeal your family law order to a higher court.

2. Your lawyer will file your appeal, along with all records associated with the original judgment.  

3. Your lawyer will write up an appellate brief, which summarizes your argument for the appeal.

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What Are the Most Common Areas of Appeals in Family Law?

There are a limited number of reasons why a Texas appellate court might grant an appeal of a judgment rendered by a trial court. Appeals are often based on the argument that the trial court abused its discretion. In other words, one of the litigants asserts that the judge acted arbitrarily or unreasonably, or failed to follow the substantive law or procedural rules applicable to their case. Appeals can also be based on the theory that the other party did not provide sufficient evidence to support the trial court’s ruling.

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A Goranson Bain Ausley Appellate Lawyer Can Help

Finding an experienced appellate attorney is essential to a favorable outcome. Goranson Bain Ausley appellate family lawyers have handled numerous appeals in appellate courts throughout the state.  Our appeals lawyers in Texas provide trustworthy experience and support for clients who want to appeal their family law cases.

At Goranson Bain Ausley, we want our clients to have peace of mind when they step out of the courtroom. If this isn’t the case, our experienced Austin, Dallas, and Plano family law attorneys will work with you to determine whether seeking an appeal is an available and advisable option.

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