Common Mistakes to Avoid When Appealing a Family Law Case


If you received a decision in your family law case that you wish to appeal, it is crucial to approach this next step with the assistance of an attorney who has experience in handling appeals of family law cases. Even a minor mistake can result in an unsuccessful result. At Ford & Friedman, our Henderson team of family law attorneys are prepared to protect your interests by assisting you in navigating the family law appeals process effectively to increase your chances of receiving a favorable result.

Below is a list of some mistakes you should be aware of that are commonly made during the appeals process in family law cases, which you should avoid:

  • Not knowing the deadlines: According to Nevada law, individuals who wish to appeal a final order made in their family law case must do so within 30 days of the order being issued. If you miss this deadline, it is likely you will be unable to file your appeal at all. Unfortunately, many are unaware of these requirements. Do not make the mistake of missing out on the deadline to file an appeal and consult with one of our attorneys today.
  • Lack of awareness regarding the types of issues that can be appealed: An appeal cannot be filed simply because you were displeased with the results of your trial. Appeals are intended to correct mistakes you believe a judge might have made in his or her application of the law. Unlike a trial, your case will be heard by a court of appeals. Additionally, there are only certain family law issues that can be appealed in Nevada. This includes divorce, community property division, spousal support, child custody related issues, child relocation, child support, paternity, and parental rights termination.
  • Not requesting temporary orders pending the appeal: Many are often unaware of the fact that Family Code contains special provisions that authorize temporary orders on appeal, which can include temporary orders for spousal support, payment of appellate attorney fees, or exclusive use of a marital residence, to name a few. However, these orders also have strict deadlines. The trial court has the power to sign such orders for 30 days following perfection of the appeal. This means it must be signed and not just heard within 30 days of filing a notice of appeal. Do not miss out on this window of opportunity for requesting a temporary order.

Family Law Appeals in Henderson

If you believe your case deserves reconsideration or a case you were involved in was appealed by another party, it is imperative that you retain experienced legal counsel. At Ford & Friedman, our legal team is ready to ensure your voice is heard throughout this process. 

Do not hesitate to reach out to us today. Call our firm at (702) 904-9898 to schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable member of our legal team.

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