Wrapping up our blog series Appealing a Final Divorce Decree: When & Why You May Need to Do This, below we will highlight some final important things that people should know about appealing final divorce decrees in Colorado.
Final Important Info about Appealing a Final Divorce Decree
Here are some final things to think about if you may be considering appealing a final divorce decree:
- Appeals cases proceed far differently than the original trials – The appellate courts that are reviewing a petition to modify a final divorce decree will typically not review new evidence in a case or hear witness testimony. Instead, they will rely on the appellate documents in order to make their final rulings.
- The possible rulings may not be what you expect – If an appellate court rules in the petitioner’s favor (i.e., approves the appeal), then this higher court can decide that certain elements of final divorce decree should be reversed and/or that a case should be remanded to the lower court to proceed through trial again.In many cases, the finding of errors by an appellate court may not end up resulting in a favorable ruling for a petitioner. This is because the appellate courts may end up finding that, despite these errors, the original judge who oversaw the case would have still reached the same decisions about the case in an alternate way; therefore the errors were “harmless” in the eyes of the law.
If an appellate court does not rule in favor of the petitioner, it will typically reaffirm a final divorce decree.
- You may want to think twice before filing an appeal – Having grounds to appeal a final divorce decree does not always mean that this may be the best option for someone. This is because filing these appeals can end up being an expensive and time-consuming endeavor and, ultimately, it may not result in outcomes that are worth the costs of winning an appeal.
- It’s always a good idea to consult with an attorney – The best way to find out if appealing a final divorce decree is your best move is to consult with an experienced divorce attorney.
You Can Rely on the Denver Divorce Lawyers at Goldman Law, LLC
If you need help modifying a final divorce decree – or if you are getting ready to file for divorce, the seasoned Denver divorce attorneys at Goldman Law, LLC are here for you. At Goldman Law, LLC, we know how stressful divorce can be, and we also know how to:
- Fight for our clients’ rights in any legal setting
- Provide them with personalized attention and the superior legal services
- Help them resolve their divorce cases as favorably as possible
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