An Intro to Appeals

When a trial court doesn’t rule in your favor the first time around, an appeal can be filed to ask that a higher court reconsider and possibly reverse the decision. Alternatively, litigants may be put in the position of defending the trial court’s ruling when the opposing party files an appeal of their own. The appellate court will start by reviewing the records and may even hear oral arguments to determine if the trial judge made a legal or factual error that affected the final decision. Keep in mind that the appellate court will not accept new evidence or listen to new witnesses, as an appeal is not a re-trial of your case.

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Give Your Case the Second Chance It Deserves

Whether you’re an attorney seeking help with your family law appeal or a litigant hoping to reverse an unfavorable decision, it’s our goal to transform what’s normally a complex, daunting process into a rewarding experience powered by renewed possibilities.

While we can never guarantee a specific outcome, we will always be candid about your prospects for success on appeal — whether your goal is to overturn the lower court or reaffirm its decision.

Our team's appellate experience in family law spans everything from research to advocacy, and we can't wait to put our collective knowledge to work for you.

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Important Factors That Impact Your Appeal


Timing is Everything: In the world of appeals, timing is paramount. Over the years, numerous appeals have been tossed out or disregarded entirely because a lawyer or appellant failed to comply with the strict deadlines outlined. As soon as you receive an adverse ruling and begin contemplating an appeal, we recommend seeking the advice of a qualified appellate attorney immediately so they can advise you on the important deadlines and considerations to keep in mind.


Appeals Don’t Happen Overnight: There’s no getting around it - Appeals can take many months before they’re ultimately resolved. Appeals dealing with child custody may be expedited, but even then, it’s a drawn-out and detailed process.


Experienced Appellate Counsel is Essential: Appeals are a complicated, nuanced area of law, and many trial attorneys don't have the time or knowledge to handle the extensive research, drafting, and oral advocacy that they require. A seasoned appellate advocate will help you navigate the process and give you the best chance at achieving your desired outcome.

What We Do

An unfavorable trial court decision doesn’t have to be the end of your case. At ZFL, we give your family law case new life by providing dynamic appellate services to both our clients and other attorneys who want help reversing a trial court’s judgment or supporting its conclusion when defending against an appeal filed by the opposing party. Whatever your needs may be, we have the research skills and appellate advocacy experience to strategically represent you to the higher courts when it matters most.

We handle appeals related to a variety of complex issues — from jurisdictional challenges (pursuant to the UCCJEA) to child custody and access, child support, spousal support, premarital or postmarital agreements, property division, attorneys' fee awards, and more.

The ZFL Difference

As you navigate this challenging time, a trusted legal team who can help you make rational, well-guided decisions is essential. After all, when it comes to writing your new happily ever after, the importance of finding strategic and compassionate counsel focused solely on family law cannot be understated. By combining our vast legal experience, our tenured team can design a tailored strategy to help you take back your power and build the new beginning you deserve.

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