Appellate attorney William L. Pfeifer, Jr., has handled divorce, alimony, child custody, child support, and other family law cases at trial and on appeal in Alabama since 1993. His family law practice now focuses almost exclusively on appellate court litigation, addressing issues such as fairly dividing marital assets in a divorce, awarding or changing child custody decrees, increasing or lowering child support, terminating parental rights, division of an inheritance in a divorce, problems with alimony and support awards, and other issues that arise in family court cases. For a free consultation by telephone, please call (800) 737-3702 Ext. 1 or use our Contact form to send us an email.
Appeals from divorce decrees in Alabama are reviewed by the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals in Montgomery. In certain circumstances, the case may also be reviewed by the Alabama Supreme Court. Appellate courts will presume that the trial court judge’s findings of fact were correct unless the appellant can demonstrate that the trial court’s findings rose to the level of an abuse of discretion. This is known as the ore tenus rule. However, the appellate courts do not give the trial court’s that level of deference when it comes to determining questions of law, where the appellate courts will overrule and reverse incorrect trial court rulings under what is called de novo review. To see an example of how appellate courts apply this distinction, see the case of Ex parte Perkins, 646 So. 2d 46 (Ala. 1994).
Handling a divorce appeal correctly requires an appellate lawyer to have a detailed knowledge of the law, as well as experience in the practical application of the law in the courtroom. Appellate lawyer William L. Pfeifer, Jr., spent many years handling both trials and appeals before focusing his entire law practice on appellate court litigation. He provides every family court case with a detailed review and carefully argues the important legal issues with precision. To speak to Mr. Pfeifer about representing you in your family court appeal, call (800) 737-3702 or send him an email through the Contact form on this site.
Pfeifer’s appellate law firm accepts divorce and custody appeals from every county in Alabama, including: Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Butler, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Cleburne, Coffee, Colbert, Conecuh, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dale, Dallas, Dekalb, Elmore, Escambia, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Madison, Marengo, Marion, Marshall, Mobile, Monroe,Montgomery, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, St. Clair, Shelby, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington, Wilcox, and Winston. No matter what Alabama county handled the trial of your case, your appeal will go to the appellate courts in Montgomery.
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