There's so little information here it's quite impossible to say what issues might be implicated. (Please see this Guide: http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/five-tips-for-how-to-ask-for-legal-advice-on-avvocom .) In general, you can't appeal a court's ruling just because you don't like it. You can only appeal if you can show that the trial court made some specific error - generally, an error of law, that is, interpreting the law incorrectly. You can appeal findings of fact as well, but only if you can show that no reasonable factfinder could have made the factual ruling that the trial court did - a much harder standard to meet than review of a legal ruling. You must have objected to the error at the time of trial, or you lose your right to appeal (unless it was "plain error" - that is, unarguable).
Because child custody cases tend to be very fact-specific and involve a lot of reasonable-person, best-interests-of-the-child standards, they can be very hard to appeal. It's not impossible, just a lot rarer than in other areas of law. If you're going through an appeal, you need to consult in private with an attorney who specializes in that. Appeals have specific, rigid formal requirements.
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The Appellate Court does not focus on the outcome of what happened in the trial court as much as litigants do. It is concerned with whether the laws of evidence were applied properly, and if the trial court did or did not abuse its discretion. It is very difficult to get a reversal of the trial court's ruling.