Knowledgeable New York Family Law Appellate Attorney Handles Family Law and Divorce Appeals

Providing steadfast advocacy with extensive legal experience and diverse skills

All cases begin in a trial court, and at some point, the case ends in the trial court. There are many different ways for a case to be resolved. A legal matter may be dismissed by the judge very early in the litigation process, or the case could go through a full trial before a final judgment is entered. When the trial court proceedings end, usually one party is unhappy with the outcome (typically the losing side, but sometimes even the winning side is unhappy). The appellate process is a means for a party to continue to pursue favorable results. At the Law Office of Karen Jansen, our New York family law appellate attorney provides the legal advice and resources you need to recognize and understand the potential benefits, risks and costs associated with filing an appeal.

Guiding you through the entire legal process from start to finish

Once your case concludes in the trial court, it is important to discuss your next steps and determine if an appeal is an appropriate option. Appeals may not be filed simply because one party is unhappy with the trial court result. There must be a legal basis justifying an appeal. Common reasons for an appeal include errors in procedure at the trial court level or errors in how the judge applied the law. Typically, appeals are based on an objection that was raised and entered into the record during the trial court proceedings.

There are several types of family law and divorce issues that may be appealed including:

  • Division of assets
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Child support
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Juvenile delinquency

An appeal typically begins with filing a notice of appeal in the trial court. The party appealing, known as the appellant, must also designate an appellate record. The appellate record consists of materials from the trial court that the appellant would like to present to the appellate court and use in appeal. The opposing party is now known as the respondent. New York family law appellate attorney Karen Jansen has successfully prosecuted numerous appeals, both as Appellant’s counsel and Respondent’s counsel.

How is an appeal decided?

In New York, most family law and divorce appeals are heard by the Lower Appellate Courts and Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court of New York. The four types of appellate decisions are:

  • Remands – Your case may be remanded back to the trial court to be re-heard.
  • Reversals – The trial court decision may be completely reversed and vacated.
  • Affirmations – If your case is affirmed by the appellate court, the trial court decision stands.
  • Modifications – The appellate court may modify a specific part of the trial court’s decision.

As a member of the Attorneys for Children Panel of the Appellate Division of the State of New York, 2nd Department, attorney Karen Jansen has represented numerous children and families at the appellate level and has cultivated a well-respected reputation for successfully tackling difficult issues of law in appellate court practice.

Trust a prominent New York family law and divorce appeals attorney to stand up for you and protect your best interests

If you feel an appeal may be your best option for obtaining a favorable resolution, call the highly-skilled New York family law attorney at the Law Office of Karen Jansen at 914-821-5200 for a free initial phone consultation. You may also contact us online. Located in White Plains, NY, the office is convenient to mass transit and Metro North. Serving clients in White Plains, Scarsdale, Harrison, Greenburgh, North Castle, Eastchester, Bronxville, Rye and Mamaroneck.