Occasionally, procedural errors at the trial court level, whether in cases brought in state courts in Texas or in federal court in matters tried under the Hague Convention, provide litigants with the opportunity to appeal a trial judge’s decision. Appeals are extremely challenging, however, and require an experienced legal team.
Laura Dale & Associates, our Houston-based family law appellate attorneys provide representation in family law matters brought before the Courts of Appeal in the state of Texas, and in federal appellate courts in cases brought under The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. To consult a Houston family law appellate attorney, please call 713-574-7952 or email us.
The Grounds For Appeal
You may appeal nearly any family law decision, whether it involves issues of property division, custody or child support. Regardless of the issue you are appealing, the standard for overturning a family law decision is proving that there was an abuse of discretion by the court that decided your case, or that the case should be overturned as a matter of law.
It is important to be aware that it is difficult to overturn any court decision, and the burden of proof is on the party making the appeal. Being unhappy with a trial court’s decision is not grounds for an appeal, and the appellate lawyer must carefully review the trial court record before making a recommendation to proceed with an appeal of a trial court’s decision. Appellate decisions, whether in state or federal courts, often take many months to obtain, and sometimes even years.