By Jennifer M. Paine
Cordell & Cordell Divorce Lawyer
You may be unsatisfied with your trial judge's ruling. You may have a right to appeal your divorce case. But should you?
It is easy to say "yes" when you are in the immediate afterglow of litigation and facing an unfavorable ruling. Many jurisdictions make it even easier by giving you an "automatic right" to appeal certain rulings, meaning you do not have to obtain permission for the appeal.
And, many of those jurisdictions require only a one-paragraph form and a filing fee – filed online no less. Within minutes, with a few clicks of the mouse and a single charge to your credit card, you could be appealing your case.
But wait! Having a right to appeal your divorce case does not necessarily mean you should, and acting on initial reactions to a trial judge's ruling could leave you worse off and heavily indebted to attorneys. Sometimes, it is better to accept a ruling and move forward.
Before you decide, consider these 10 questions: