Appeals

Appellate Advocacy for Family Law Matters

After a divorce becomes final, the decision of a court or special magistrate can be challenged. While motions to modify a court’s decision are a much more common approach to changing the terms of a divorce, appealing an order allows either or both spouses to challenge the court’s decision in a hearing before a higher court.

Appealing a Decision in Minnesota

The appeals process is complicated and not very common in family law matters. Trial court decisions are overturned under limited circumstances. Under Minnesota law, an appeal must be filed within 60 days of the trial court’s final judgment. An appeal may be made in regard to any aspect of the divorce judgment, including inappropriate spousal maintenance awards or child custody. An appeal could, under special circumstances, reach the highest court in the state.

At the Gallagher Law Office, L.L.C., we have the experience and skill to represent clients throughout the Twin Cities during appeals. If you feel that a trial court judge misapplied the law or abused its discretion in ruling on your case, contact our family law practice. We will work hard to make sure your family and financial interests are well-represented.