Understanding Appeals In Florida Family Law Cases
Trial courts aren’t always the end of the road for family law cases. Appeals provide additional opportunities for parties to challenge the court’s decision.
Appellate review refers to the role of the Florida District Court of Appeal in determining whether the trial court made an error or misinterpreted the law. Appeals are very different from trials. They involve different procedures and specific legal standards. If you’re considering an appeal or are already involved in a family law appeal, it’s important to have a lawyer on your side who is well-versed in Florida appellate law.
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I’m Troy W. Klein, an appellate attorney and Florida board-certified specialist in marital and family law. I focus a significant portion of my practice on family law appeals.
At my firm in West Palm Beach, the Law Office of Troy W. Klein, P.A., you will find comprehensive representation on all aspects of family law, including appeals. I have more than two decades of experience helping individuals navigate difficult family situations and work toward positive outcomes.
How Appeals Work
Florida law sets a strict deadline for appealing a trial court decision. You must generally file a notice of appeal within 30 days after the decision.
Unlike trial court proceedings – where the focus is on presenting thorough evidence to make a strong case from the ground up – appeals are more limited. You can’t re-try the case. You must narrow down the grounds for appeal and present compelling legal arguments as to why the trial court was wrong. There are many nuances to the limited circumstances under which appellate courts can reverse a lower court’s decision.
Additionally, unlike trials, appeals are conducted largely through writing. Your lawyer must be able to prepare persuasive, well-researched briefs. I excel at this core aspect of appeals, and it’s something I’m passionate about, which gives my clients an advantage.
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If you’re wondering whether you have grounds for an appeal, or have other questions about family law appeals, turn to me for guidance. I can address your situation even if you were represented by a different lawyer in the trial court.