This is the first post in a series which will discuss the handling of child custody appeals in San Bernardino, California. I felt it necessary to write on this topic as, for obvious reasons, a parent can be highly upset after losing a custody trial. It must be understood, however, that one has options after such a loss. The goal of my coming posts is to provide information which will help people to better understand their situation. I also hope that this information will help people to make an informed decision when they are selecting an appellate attorney. If you require assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I will be addressing several topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will discuss include:
- Commonly raised issues in child custody appeals
- How parents should proceed while their case is on appeal
- Challenging the Trial Court’s “best interests” determination
- Challenging the Trial Court’s evidentiary rulings
- The possible outcomes of a child custody appeal
There are several reasons why parents should understand these topics if they are considering an appeal. First, there are several issues which commonly come up in such cases. It is important to know whether your matter involves issues which may prompt a reversal from the Appellate Court. Second, it is understandable that one is frustrated while their case is on appeal. It is imperative, however, that parents follow the operative child custody order. Third, it is important to understand how to go about challenging a Judge’s findings as to what is in the “best interests” of the child. Fourth, while the Trial Court will have discretion as to whether evidence should be admitted or rejected, it is possible to appeal such determinations. Finally, understanding the possible outcomes of an appeal can help a parent to decide whether or not they wish to go forward with the process.
One point I cannot stress enough is that you should contact an appellate attorney immediately if you wish to challenge the Trial Court’s rulings. You will only have a limited amount of time in which you may file your Notice of Appeal and if you miss this window then you will lose your right to challenge the decision. By speaking with counsel sooner, rather than later, you help to ensure that your rights remain protected.
Contact my office today to speak with San Bernardino lawyer. I have experience in handling such matters and I am ready to assist you. We also service Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Ontario, Victorville, Rialto, Hesperia, Chino, Upland, Apple Valley, Redlands, Highland, Colton, Yucaipa, Montclair, elsewhere in the Inland Empire, as well as Los Angeles.