Family Law Appeals

Minnesota Family Law Appeals

Divorce and Family Law cases are often complicated and require detailed, experienced legal representation in order to provide the best opportunity for an fair and equitable resolution of the contested issues.

In some Family Law cases, the Judge or Referee assigned to the case makes a decision that does not adequately address the legal issues presented, or that neglects to properly apply the law to the facts of the case. When a Judicial decision constitutes an abuse of discretion or was made in error, there are remedies to correct these mistakes, including the option to file an Family Law Appeal (the first option is typically to request Amended Findings and an Amended Order from the Court).


Areas that are Frequently Appealed in Minnesota

Some of the primary Family Law areas that may require an Appeal include Child Custody, Parenting Time, Property Division and Spousal Maintenance. Spousal Maintenance and Child Custody, in particular, are areas that have been Appealed frequently to the Minnesota Court Of Appeals.

The decision to file an Appeal is one that needs to be carefully analyzed with particular attention to the evidence and facts presented, and only after determining that an Appeal would be a viable option under the specific circumstances of the case.

Hire an Experienced Family Law Firm

Located in the historic Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis, Lake Harriet Law Office provides experienced and personalized legal representation exclusively in the area of Family Law.

Randall A. Smith is the founder and principal attorney of Lake Harriet Law Office and has practiced law since 1996. Mr. Smith earned his B.A. from Hamline University, his J.D. from Drake University and his M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas.

Associate Attorney Gail E. Mattey earned her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2008, and her Honors B.A in Biological Sciences with a minor in Psychology from the University of Delaware in 2003.  Gail represents clients in a variety of Family Law matters including Divorce, Child Custody and Support Issues, Parenting Time, Property Division, Spousal Maintenance, Family Mediation, and Orders for Protection.

You have the legal right to file an Appeal in your Family Law case. If you decide to file an Appeal, It is important to have an experienced attorney who understands every phase of the Appeals process.

Our goal is to provide you with the highest-quality legal representation, and to make sure that you are well-informed throughout the entire Appeals process.

Lake Harriet Law Office represents clients in Minneapolis, Edina, Bloomington, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Eden Prairie, Plymouth, Southwest Minneapolis, Linden Hills, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, St. Paul, Wright County, Anoka County and Scott County.

Managing Attorney – Randall A. Smith 612-750-4843

Associate Attorney – Amber C. Bretl 612-223-8925

Student Attorney – Chinyere Okwulehie