If the two parties cannot settle their differences in mediation or in another informal method of settlement, they will have to submit their case to a judge at a trial (called a Merits Hearing). It is always preferable for parties to settle their own case, as the court cannot possibly know as much about the parties as the parties know about themselves. However, it is not always possible to reach an equitable settlement agreement with the other party.
Trials may last several days or even weeks. At the conclusion of the trial (or at a later time), the court will issue its opinion. If either party thinks the judge made errors in the opinion, one or both of the parties can appeal the case. An appeal involves submitting a brief to the appellate court with the facts of the case and legal arguments as to why the court should have made a different decision. The appellate lawyers submit these briefs, and the appellate court usually grants oral argument to the attorneys as well.
Bryson Law Office, LLC, does appellate work for its own clients and for other attorneys who do not do appellate work.
Below is a list of our reported appellate cases:
- Patel v. Patel, 359 S.C. 515, 599 S.E.2d 114 (2004)
- Callen v. Callen, 365 S.C. 618, 620 S.E.2d 59 (2005)
- Gardner v. Gardner, 368 S.C. 134, 628 S.E.2d 37 (2006)
- Doe v. Doe, 370 S.C. 206, 634 S.E.2d 51 (Ct. App. 2006)
- Doe v. Roe, 386 S.C. 624, 690 S.E.2d 573 (2010)