Where a party is dissatisfied with the outcome of a trial or believes that the trial court made a mistake, a final judgment can be appealed to the appellate court for review. Appeals can feel overwhelming because it may be your last opportunity to overturn a judgment where a critical error was made. Or, you may need to defend a favorable order against your opposition’s appeal. If you are in one of these situations, Citino Family Law can help.

Citino Family Law is highly skilled in the rules of appellate procedure and in the appellate process in Illinois.

The appeal process

The appellate court reviews the record on appeal, which consists of all of the documents filed in the case at the trial court level (including petitions, motions, responses, orders, exhibits, etc.) as well as transcripts of testimony before the trial judge. No new evidence or testimony is submitted to the appellate court. 

The appeal process can be complex, and requires a skilled counsel who can prepare and review the record on appeal. They need to determine the best way to present the written argument to the appellate court showing that the record on appeal supports their client’s position.  

Generally, an appeal can only be made after the final judgment in a case is entered. However, there are some special circumstances where an order can be appealed while the case is pending. The attorneys at Citino Family Law LLC are experienced appellate lawyers and represent parties wishing to appeal a judgment, as well as clients who are defending against an appeal. 

Family Law | Civil Appeals

When the appellate court reviews a case, they determine if the judge’s decision was appropriately based on the evidence, pleadings, and testimony. They do not determine whether they would have made the same decision.

While it’s not always possible to appeal your family law or divorce verdict, you can pursue this under the right circumstances. Citino Family Law LLC will provide a thorough review of your case and determine you have grounds for an appeal.

Sometimes critical errors are made in civil cases. In those instances, you may have grounds for an appeal.