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Statement of Decision Process in California
The statement of decision is a document setting forth the court’s factual and legal bases for its rulings following an evidentiary hearing involving findings of fact.
The statement of decision process is one if the least understood processes in family law; however, it can be necessary to preserve your rights on appeal. The process is highly technical and rule driven, and the timelines are tight. If you think you may need one, make sure to schedule an appointment with appellate counsel prior to the conclusion of your hearing, or you may end up waiving your right to request one, which may jeopardize your ability to appeal the court’s ruling.