Post-Judgment Actions Family Law Attorneys
If you think a judge made a mistake in your divorce case, you may be able to appeal the decision. At Manassa, Stassen & Vaclavek, P.C., our divorce lawyers handle all types of post-judgment actions, including motions to vacate, motions to reconsider and appeals. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
Our lawyers understand Illinois law as well as how other judges have ruled in cases similar to yours. As a result, we know when you may have a strong basis to overcome a judge's ruling. We also handle modification and enforcement of divorce orders. With offices in Barrington, Crystal Lake, St. Charles, Oakbrook Terrace and Deerfield, we serve clients throughout the Chicago metropolitan area of Illinois.
Motions To Vacate
You can seek a motion to vacate a judge's decision if you have a strong basis. Examples include a misapplication of the law as to the facts of your case or new information that was not known at the time of the ruling. There are two types of motions to vacate:
• Motions to vacate within 30 days of a judge's ruling
• Motions to vacate more than 30 days after a judge's ruling
If you wait longer than 30 days, you have to show due diligence as to why you waited so long to file the motion. Motions to vacate are never easy to obtain, but are much more difficult if filed after 30 days.
Motions To Reconsider
A motion to reconsider is a motion to see if the judge has changed his or her mind. Motions to reconsider are filed before an appeal. Judges will reconsider rulings at times when shown controlling case law.
If you think the judge made a legal mistake or misused his or her discretion, you can file an appeal to have the case reviewed by a higher court. You will not be able to introduce new evidence at an appeal. The higher court will consider the transcript and evidence of your trial, along with briefs filed by your attorneys.
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Our lawyers have the experience necessary to obtain successful outcomes in post-judgment matters. Whether we handled your initial divorce case or you are coming to us for the first time, we look forward to meeting with you. Call 815-384-2238, 847-282-4051 or 630-412-1178 or email us to schedule a free consultation.
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