Length of Brief Rules in Divorce Court Appeals

Briefs are limited to a certain length however you can seek permission by motion to file a longer brief. Find out if you should do this.  

How long can I make my brief and can I get permission to make it longer?

Initial briefs and answer briefs are limited to fifty pages, but if a cross appeal has been filed, the answer brief/initial brief on cross appeal should not exceed 85 pages.

Reply briefs are limited to 15 pages, but can be 50 pages in length if a cross appeal has been filed, in which case no more than 15 pages of the reply should be dedicated to responding the answer brief on cross appeal.  Cross reply briefs are limited to 15 pages.

The table of contents, table of authorities and certificates of service and compliance shall not be included in the page count.

It is possible to seek permission from the appeals court by motion to file a longer brief.  That said, sometimes “shorter is better” when it comes to the length of appellate briefs.

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