9.7Susan M. Hais

Have you come out of a divorce or a family law case with a decision you don’t agree with? Then it is within your rights to appeal that decision providing you do it within the appeal time limit for the state of Missouri. However, it is important that those seeking to appeal family law decisions know they are in for a tough battle. Appeals in any area of the law are complex, and it requires the skill of an experienced attorney.

What Cases Can Be Appealed?

Typically appeals are used in divorce cases where one party does not agree with the division of assets. However, any case can be appealed if you believe the decision was unclear or if the law was not applied properly to it.

Cases that can be appealed include:

  • Divorce
  • Child support
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Child custody
  • Paternity
  • Relocation

If you disagree with the decisions of any of the above, you can file an appeal. However, this does not mean it will be successful. As appeals are costly and occasionally time-intensive, you should first evaluate if you have a solid reason for an appeal. These reasons often include:

  • Misinterpretation of a law
  • Laws applied incorrectly
  • The decision was not supported by substantial enough evidence
  • Inclusion of evidence that should not have been allowed

If any of the above are true, it will give you a very strong appeal case. However, this area of the law can be complex and judges typically do not like to overturn verdicts. This is why it is so crucial to consult with your chosen appellate lawyer first before pursuing a case.

Getting an Appeal Lawyer

It may, in some cases, be wise to use your same trial lawyer for the appeal. However, because it is so technical, it may be more beneficial to seek out a lawyer more experienced in family law appeals. If you are looking to appeal a family law decision in the St. Louis area, contact us today.