In many divorce and custody appeals the entire appeal is based on the appellate court judge closely reviewing the legal briefs filed by each party.
How important are the briefs in an appeal?
Most lawyers and appellate court judges will agree that appellate briefs are the most important aspect of an appeal. Appellate court judges and their law clerks will review the appellate briefs filed by each party to the case, and the law explained in the briefs, to come to a conclusion as to whether or not the divorce court judge’s decision should be changed or remain undisturbed. Although in some appeals there may be a short hearing, called an “oral argument”, in many appeals the entire appeal is based on the appellate court judges reviewing the legal briefs filed by each party.
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