I’ve found that an appeal in divorce and custody cases is very frequently misunderstood. This is short post to help you understand what actually happens during a Minnesota Family Law Appeal. (Note this is a new updated post, 5 years I discussed appeals, which you can read if you’d like). What Can Be Appealed? First and foremost, you need to understand what can and cannot be appealed.  Only final orders can generally be appealed.  A final order is just that, the final order in a case. You can think of it as the last order in your case.  This means […]

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Sometimes the Judges get it wrong.  Perhaps it’s a mistake based on the law or they got confused on some complex factual issue, either way you do have some options available. Standard of Review Depending on the issue there are different “standards of review” this is the legal phrase that is what the court must look at to see if they will or can overturn the district court order.  If your claim is that the Judge didn’t believe you, or that the other side lied, then  the MN court of appeals must use the “abuse of discretion” standard.  This is […]

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