Divorce Appeal Attorney

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     If a litigant disagrees with a decision of the judge, they can dispute that decision by filing an appeal. The Cutler Law Firm can help.
Bases for reversal include:
  • Demonstrating that a decision failed to follow controlling legal principles;
  • Demonstrating that the judge’s decision was an abuse of discretion; or
  • Demonstrating that the judge’s decision not based on substantial, credible evidence. 
     All family law appeals are referred to the Michigan Court of Appeals for review, and an individual has a limited time in which to file an appeal after a judge’s final decision was made.  The rules for filing an appeal are very strict.  For instance, failure to submit a brief in the correct format, or a mistake in how the brief and appendix are to be prepared, could cause the clerk’s office to reject the submission altogether.  When a litigant is serious about winning an appeal, enlisting the services of an experienced attorney is crucial.
     It is also important to understand what happens to the original decision during the appeals process.  The original decision of the court remains in effect while it is being appealed, unless the Court issues a “stay pending appeal.”  A stay can be obtained by the filing of a motion.  Prior to filing a motion for a stay pending appeal with the Michigan Court of Appeals, you must first request the judge to issue a stay.  In order to be successful on a stay motion, the following must be shown: 
  • Irreparable harm will result from enforcement of the judgment pending appeal;
  • The appeal presents a meritorious issue and that you have likelihood of success on the merits; and
  • Assessment of the relative hardship to the parties reveals that greater harm would occur if a stay is not granted than if it were granted.
     Evidence presented to the court usually comes in the form of testimony through a written affidavit.
     The Cutler Law Firm can assist you by evaluating your chances of success if seeking or defending an appeal, provide you with a reasonable estimation of length of time and expense involved, and offer you guidance in making an informed decision on whether or not to file an appeal.  We encourage you to contact The Cutler Law Firm if you are interested in filing a family law appeal to further discuss the process. 
     If you would like to have a free consultation with an experienced attorney, kindly contact The Cutler Law Firm at 248-489-8780 or completeTHE CONTACT FORM and an Attorney will promptly respond to your inquiry.
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