Just published by the American Bar Association, "The Family Law Guide to Appellate Practice" fills a void in legal literature by focusing on the unique issues involved in appealing a family law case. Family law matters are intimate and personal, and touch upon people's most private treasures and issues. This perspective directly affects all aspects of domestic relations law, including appellate practice.

Authored by Massachusetts lawyer Matthew P. Barach, the book shares his family law appellate expertise with other lawyers to help them navigate this highly specialized and complex area of law. Ideal for both newer and more seasoned family lawyers, this practical guide discusses the complex factors involved in deciding whether to appeal a family court decision, and then how to proceed with the appeal. With step-by-step guidance, the book begins by focusing on the crucial decision to appeal and the critical factors involved, including ethical considerations. It also examines the effective use of post-trial remedies, such as utilizing stays of judgments pending appeals, and creating, protecting and reviewing the record of the trial court.

The book also focuses on the expectations and importance of an oral argument in an appellate case, including preparing, presenting and handling panel questions of the various types of jurists and ends with the aftermath of an appellate decision.

Barach is the founder and principal of Barach Family Law Group LLC, in Wellesley, Mass. With more than 20 years of family law experience, Barach regularly appears before Middlesex, Norfolk, Worcester, Suffolk and Essex County family law courts. He also appears before the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the First Circuit of Appeals. His career includes winning two landmark family law cases in Massachusetts pertaining to the New Alimony Reform Act and child custody, George v George and Miller v Miller.

"The Family Law Guide to Appellate Practice" costs $139.95 and can be ordered by calling 800-285-2221 or online at

Published: Tue, May 07, 2019