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When to Appeal

When to Appeal

Generally, a party must wait to appeal until the end of the case after the trial court enters a final judgment.  Certain types of appeals, however, may be taken before the entire case is over.  A final decision on the issue of child custody, often entered before the litigation on property division or family support even begins, may be appealed immediately, as are injunctions barring a party from taking some specific action and rulings holding a party in contempt of court for disobeying a court order.  Decisions holding premarital or post-nuptial agreements enforceable or not enforceable may be appealed before the end of the case if the trial court agrees to allow the early appeal.  Finally, rulings on the court’s jurisdiction to hear a case and orders on visitation, temporary custody, parentage, or other issues concerning children may be appealed with the permission of the appellate court.