Appeals are not for the faint of heart, and certainly not "user friendly" Your friend need an attorney. Within 20 days of the Judgment, a litigant can file a motion for reconsideration, and I find this is the best avenue of relief. But once an appeal is filed, the court generally loses the ability to "fix" errors. I suggest your friend talk to an attorney.
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Mr. Ricci hit the nail on the head. Appellate practice is difficult and he should retain counsel experienced with appeals to handle his case. His position may be more tenuous if he tried the case on his own.
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The matter you are describing is simply too complex for this forum. For your friend to receive reliable advice he must schedule a meeting with an experienced family law attorney who can review and analyze all his options.
As noted within the prior responses, Appeals are complicated, and absent extreme circumstances, should be addressed with the assistance of counsel.
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Agreed with the above. No way to tell if he should have returned to the trial court before proceeding with an appeal based on the facts you gave.
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