You can make a Motion for a New Trial under Rule 83 of the Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure within 15 days from the date of the judgment. Consult the specific rule or an attorney to determine what the requirements are for this rule.
Rule 84 - Motion to Alter or Amend the Judgment
A Motion to Alter or Amend the Judgment is available under ARFLP 84 and it does not state a time frame in which you must seek relief. Again, consult the specific rule or an attorney to determine what the requirements are for this rule.
Rule 85 - Motion for Relief from Judgment
A Motion for Relief is also available under ARFLP 85 and it has a six month requirement in certain circumstances. There is a lot of guidance in the actual rule to take into consideration when drafting this type of Motion. Of course, when in doubt, seek the advice of an attorney.
Appeal to a Higher Court
To appeal the decision to the appellate court, you must file a Notice of Appeal with the lower court and concurrently file the Appeal in the Appellate Court within 30 days of the judgment. Appellate filings are NOT easy however, and I strongly recommend that you seek the assistance of a veteran appellate lawyer.
Things to consider when filing a post-ruling Motion or Appeal
Keep in mind that the Rule 83, 84 and 85 Motions all take the issue right back to the judge that made the bad ruling. To get another judge to review the decision, you will need to show that the judge made an error of LAW, not merely an error in judgment. If the facts at all support the judge's decision, then the appellate court will not reverse the ruling.
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