Moorestown Family Law Appeals Lawyer
If your divorce was recently decided in Superior Court and you believe that the court has made a serious error, you can appeal the decision to the Appellate Division. You must act quickly as the deadlines for appeal are very short.
The Law Office of Stephen R. Piper, LLC, helps clients throughout New Jersey and Philadelphia appeal their cases. Attorney Stephen R. Piper is a Moorestown family law appeals attorney who has handled dozens of appeals. He can help you understand the benefits and risks of appealing your case and will be upfront with you about the strengths of your case.
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While the following questions and answers relate to a New Jersey family law case, our office also handles family law appeals in Pennsylvania. If you are considering an appeal, some basic questions you may have include:
- When must an appeal be filed? The deadline for filing appeals is 45 days. This time limit is strictly enforced, so it is recommended that you talk to an attorney right away if you are considering an appeal.
- Where is an appeal filed? New Jersey family law appeals are filed with the Appellate Division. At this stage either two or three judges will hear your case. If you disagree with this decision and want to appeal your case further, the next level of review is with the New Jersey Supreme Court.
- What decisions can I appeal? Final decisions can be filed with the Appellate Division within the 45-day time limit for appeal. If you want to appeal a temporary or interim decision (called an "interlocutory" appeal) then you need to ask for permission from the court and file the appropriate motions.
- How will the Appellate Court review my case? The process or legal framework that the Appellate Court will use when considering an appeal depends on the type of case that is being appealed. In most cases, in order for the Appellate Court to reverse the decision of the trial court judge, you must be able to show that the lower court's decision failed to follow controlling legal principles, that the judge abused his or her discretion in making the decision, or that the ruling was not based upon substantial credible evidence.
- What evidence will be considered during the appeal? In most cases, the Appellate Division will only consider the evidence that was submitted with the trial court and will review transcripts from any hearings, the motion paperwork, and other evidence submitted to the court. It may be possible to ask the court to consider additional information, but this is a difficult legal hurdle.
- When will the appeal be decided? A normal appeal, from start to finish, takes approximately 16 months.
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An initial consultation with our Moorestown family law appeals lawyer will help you better understand how Stephen R. Piper can zealously represent you. Contact our Moorestown law firm or call our office at 856-291-0501 to learn how we will ensure you understand your rights and the legal procedures impacting your case.
We offer flexible scheduling options, free off-street parking, and accept credit cards for all cases.