Should I Appeal the Court’s Custody, Child Support, or Alimony Decision? (Part 2)

Reasons to Act Fast

When an adverse ruling comes down, you need to determine whether an objection or appeal is appropriate. You should make this decision as soon as possible. A few reasons exist as to why to make this decision quickly. First, there are deadlines you do not want to miss. Second, you will want as much time as possible to work on your objection or appeal. Third, acting fast is more efficient and can save you time and money.

There Are Deadlines

An objection to a domestic commissioner’s recommendation is due within 14 days of the commissioner announcing his or her recommendation. An appeal from a judge’s final decision is due within 30 days of entry of that decision. If you miss these deadlines, you limit your options. However, even if it seems you have missed these deadlines, you should consult an attorney. There may be other options available to you instead of an objection or appeal. Alternatively, there may be technicalities that change the deadline. This is more likely to be true for the 30-day appeal deadline.

It Takes Time to Prepare a Good Objection or Appeal

Your experience with school probably has taught you that procrastination does not lead to ideal results. It is no different with the law—particularly when objecting to a commissioner’s recommendation or appealing a judge’s ruling. It takes a certain amount of effort to successfully argue that a judge or commissioner was wrong. This is particularly true when the judge(s) to whom you appeal are inclined to give some amount of deference. To make a successful argument, there needs to be careful thought, analysis, and writing. These things take time.

It Is Efficient to Decide Ahead

Quickly confronting the decision of whether you should object or appeal can save you time and money. If you procrastinate, you may find yourself filing an objection or notice of appeal without having truly analyzed your options for the sole purpose of preserving your options. After paying the filing fee for an appeal or getting ready for a hearing, you may realize it was a poor decision.

Thus, if you are faced with an adverse custody, child support, or alimony decision, act fast. Acting fast will help you meet deadlines, prepare a better objection or appeal, and save you time and money.