Under Florida state law, both parents have equal rights to being awarded custody of their children in a divorce. If you and your spouse cannot come to an agreement, the court will step in. In doing so, the court will look at some specific things to determine whether it is in the children's best interest to be placed with you or your spouse.
According to the Huffington Post, understanding what the court looks for can help you to put yourself in the better position, thereby making you the more likely choice to become the custodial parent. To begin with, you need to be involved in your children's lives. You should know their schedule and routine. You should know details, such as who their friends are and their doctor's name and the next scheduled appointment times. You should play an active enough role in their lives that teachers, friends' parents and doctors know who you are. Essentially, you should be considered the primary caretaker of the children who manages their daily lives.
You also need to show you are a good person who is morally upstanding. This means not having any issues with drugs or alcohol. If you have had issues in the past, then you will need to show that you have taken care of them. You should also show you can control your emotions. This means not saying bad things about the other parent or losing your temper, especially in court. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.