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Appealing a Greenville Family Court Case

When you or a loved one have a family court dispute, it is an emotionally draining and challenging event. Feelings of helplessness and confusion regarding the rulings of the judge are common. When you have a family court case involving divorce, child support, spousal support, child custody or any other family court issue, after a Final Order is issued in your case, you have the right to an appeal. If you feel as though an Order of the Court is unfair, unreasonable or wrong, you may have grounds to appeal the decision of the judge. If you have a substantial disagreement with the way that the Greenville Family Court decided your case an appeal may be appropriate.

An appeal can help you reverse or modify a Court order setting terms you disagree with such as:

  • Child Custody or Visitation Terms
  • Payment or Amount of Alimony
  • Attorney's Fees you were ordered to pay the other side
  • Division of Assets or Debt
  • Whether a divorce was granted based on adultery, drunkenness or physical cruelty

To appeal from a family court judgment, you must notify the Court within thirty (30) days after the written Order is issued. If you wait longer, than thirty days, you lose your right to appeal, so if you feel as though you feel as though there has been an error made in your case, you must act quickly to have the opportunity for it to be corrected by the Court.

When you appeal from a family court Order in South Carolina, you appeal to the South Carolina Court of Appeals. When your case is heard on appeal, it will be heard by three judges of the Court of Appeals and they will make a decision based on written documents and the record in your case.

When an appeal is filed, documents called briefs are field on behalf of the person appealing (called the appellant) and the responding party (called the respondent). These documents outline what the appellant claims the family court did incorrectly and needs to be corrected. Also submitted to the court will be a record on appeal which will contain all relevant documents in the case. When a case is heard on appeal, no testimony is taken from the original parties, instead the Court relies on the documents submitted to the Court and on attorney comments presented at an oral argument hearing which support the grounds for appeal.

The Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, located in Lexington, South Carolina, is available to represent clients in appealing a Family Court decision from any county, including from Greenville, Spartanburg or Anderson. The first step is to contact our office to schedule an initial consultation (a fee does apply). We will give you instructions to either e-mail or fax a copy of your Court order (if available) to us for the attorney's review prior to and during your consultation. If you decide to retain our office for your appeal most cases are handled on a flat-fee basis, meaning you will know exactly what your expenses will be up front. Consultations are available in the office or by telephone at your convenience. Call 1-888-301-6004 to begin the process - since the law restricts how long you have to file an appeal it is important that you do not delay.

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