Books are written on this issue. In general, an appeal is "on the record"; the appellate court looks at the trial court file and the transcript of the testimony. Deference is usually given to the trial court on all factual questions. You have limited time to file an appeal. If you are interested in doing so, see an appellate attorney ASAP.
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You should really have an attorney appear in court for you, in addition to writing your briefs--appeals are more complicated than most pro se litigants can manage effectively, and it is difficult to succeed on appeal anyway. This is because the standard of review on most family law matters is abuse of discretion, and the law provides for a great amount of discretion, so it would take something really unreasonable to be overturned--the appellate court will not substitute its own judgment for the trial court's.
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Too many issues to list here. Fling an appeal with the Court of Appeals is a complex procedure and you should not try to do it alone. Please hire an appellate attorney.
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The process for appealing a trial court's decisions in a family law case are set out in the Rules of Appellate Procedure (RAP). You can find these rules on the Washington State Courts website, at the appellate courts link. See http://www.courts.wa.gov/appellate_trial_courts/. At the top, right-hand side of the page is a link to a handy document, RAP Rules Flow Chart. This will give you a good overview of what you need to do. Just remember, you only have a right to review of final orders and you must file a notice of appeal of these orders within 30 days of entry.