In North Carolina, all divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, equitable distribution, domestic violence, contested adoptions, determinations that a parent has abused or neglected his or her child and terminations of parental rights are heard in district court. In these types of matters, appeals of a district court judge’s decision is to the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
Appeals can be based on an abuse of discretion by the trial judge, based on an erroneous application of the law or in some cases, a matter may be appealed because there is no law in North Carolina to resolve the issue.
There are very strict time limits in which a Notice of Appeal of a court’s decision must be filed or you will lose any right you may have had to appeal the Court’s decision. As such, it is imperative that you contact my office or consult with an attorney about any appeal options you may have as soon as possible after the Court’s decision has been filed.