You have tried your case, and the judge has rendered a written ruling. Family law cases usually present a myriad of issues, so there may be some aspect of the decision with which you are not pleased. Should you appeal?
If you want to challenge the Court’s decision in any respect, you have two remedies. You can file a Rule 1.904(2) motion, which is a motion asking the Court to enlarge or amend its findings and conclusions, and modify its order accordingly, or substitute a different order. To do so, you must file a written motion within fifteen (15) days after the filing of the Court’s decision.
The second remedy is to appeal. To do so, a written notice of appeal must be filed with the Clerk of Court within thirty (30) days after the entry of the ruling.
Basically, an appeal would consist of filing a brief presenting your side of the case. The opposing party may file a responding brief also. Â Either side may request permission to be heard in oral argument.
An appeal would give you an opportunity to have the record of your case and a brief arguing your case considered by a higher court, which might modify the decision so that it is more favorable to you. Of course, an appeal would entail additional legal fees, and most attorneys would require an additional retainer in advance from you in order to proceed with an appeal.
In any event, make sure to let your lawyer know if you are considering an appeal, because the rules relating to time for appeal are both mandatory and jurisdictional.