New Jersey Family Law Appeal Lawyer


It is not uncommon for one or both parties involved in a divorce, child support, custody, or another family-related legal matter to walk away unsatisfied with a court’s decision. When that happens, one or both parties might choose to file an appeal to ask a higher court for a second opinion.

An appeal is a formal request asking a higher court to review and then reverse or amend a lower court’s decision. Appeals are not new trials – though a new trial could result from a successful appeal. You do not have to present the same case when you file an appeal. You are simply bringing a possibly reversible error to the court’s attention.

Family Law Situations That Could Warrant an Appeal

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When appealing a decision from a trial court, you have to show how an error by the lower court or some other mistake in the judicial process led to a legally unsound judgment or order against you. In other words, appeals are generally not about relitigating the facts of a case. If you are defending an appeal, you must show that the trial court’s rulings were correct under the law.

You could file an appeal in a family law case if you know or suspect:

  • The judge’s decision went against the available evidence
  • The judge issued an incorrect ruling on a motion or objection
  • The judge did not consider certain information
  • The judge allowed prejudicial evidence or witness testimony
  • The judge allowed inadmissible evidence
  • The judge was biased for or against one party
  • Another critical error occurred during the original legal proceedings

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The Family Law Appeals Process in New Jersey

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To appeal a family law decision in New Jersey, you must file your appeal with the court’s Appellate Division, which will assign your case to a panel of two or three judges for review. If you disagree with a unanimous panel decision, you may file an appeal with the New Jersey Supreme Court, which will decide whether to review your case. The Supreme Court actually hears only a fraction of the cases it receives on appeal.

The appeals process can take months or even years from start to finish, but you can file a motion to accelerate, asking the Appellate Division to hear your case on an emergent basis if you need to expedite matters.


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Deadlines for Filing an Appeal in a New Jersey Family Law Matter

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You typically have only 45 days from the date you receive a family court final judgment or order to file an appeal of the decision. New Jersey appellate courts strictly enforce this time limit and do not consider untimely appeals, so it is essential to act quickly if you wish to appeal a family court order.

Why You Need a Family Law Appeal Attorney from Our Firm

The family law appeal attorneys at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman have the experience, the skillset, and the track record of successful outcomes that you’re looking for as you consider appealing your case or defending an appeal. Our peers in the legal field trust our appeals lawyers to prosecute or defend cases that they handled at the trial level. Our family law appeals lawyers have extensive experience handling interlocutory appeals and appeals from final judgments or orders, whether the case was decided on a motion or after trial.

Contact us today to discuss your options with our family law appeal attorneys serving the Princeton area and statewide.