Yes, you may appeal (it is spelled 'appeal' not 'apeal') a child support order. In Minnesota the Order for Child Support itself will provide a notice to you on your right to appeal, including time deadlines: The notice oftentimes is in bold print, with underlinings, to call your attention to the urgency of the matter. Definitely you should immediately phone a private attorney for assistance to appeal a court Order of any sort. If legal expense is an issue, some attorneys will help you in a 'limited scope' manner (also known as 'unbundled legal services') to provide you with counsel and advice while helping you to keep your legal costs low. Also, some attorneys will consider your finances in legal fee and offer a sliding scale fee arrangement of some sort. In my own legal practice, I do assist clients in these various manners. Again: Do not delay in seeking help, because by delay you may irrevocably lose certain legal rights. All the best.
Depending on who entered the order (i.e. a Master or a Judge) you might not need to appeal to the Superior Court. If the Order was a Master’s determination, you can file exceptions and an appeal de novo to that Order and be heard by a Judge. If, however, the support order was a final order of the Court of Common Pleas, then you may file an appeal to the Superior Court. Note, however, an award of support, once in effect, may be modified via petition at any time, provided that the petitioning party demonstrates a material and substantial change in their circumstances warranting a modification. See 23 Pa.C.S. § 4352(a); see also Pa.R.C.P. 1910.19
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