Many divorces are settled when the parties come together and hash out an agreement that they feel is fair. Those who do not resolve divorces, however, will have to go to trial, where a judge will render judgment in regards to important divorce legal issues, such as property division, alimony, child custody and child support. Although a judge will try to rule in a way that supports an equitable division of assets, resolve the issues of child custody and support in a way that represents the best interests of the child and determine alimony that is fair, the final outcome may not always seem just.
So, what can Ohio residents do if they feel like a court's ruling is in error? Those who go through a divorce trial can attempt to appeal a judgement. In divorce cases, however, it is pretty uncommon for an appellate court to overturn a trial court's ruling. Yet, this should not discourage an Ohio resident from trying to appeal a judgment if it is unjust.
The appeals process begins with the submission of an appellate brief. This document contains the party's legal arguments, which should be bolstered by relevant statutes and case law. In essence, this brief will argue why the trial court was wrong and why the decision should be overturned. The appellate court will then look at the trial court's record, or transcript, to see if the evidence presented at the time supports the trial court's findings and if those findings support the rulings.
It is worth noting that settlements that are agreed to by both parties cannot be appealed. In these instances, it may be best to seek a modification of the terms of the agreement.
Source: FindLaw, "Appeals and Motions to Modify the Divorce Judgement," accessed on Mar. 5, 2016