Desperately seeking direction in filing for custody in Florida
I am desperately seeking direction on filing for custody in Florida. My ex and I (never married) have 2 girls aged 15 and 7 who currently reside with him in Orange county while I live in Seminole county. I am attempting to file for custody because he has been keeping the girls from me and will not answer calls, texts or emails because he says the girls don't want anything to do with me and that they want to live with him. He's had them tell me this over the phone as well as through voicemails and texts which i saved. I've never given up rights to my children nor abandoned them or neglected. Over the past 5 years since we split up they have resided in both of our homes for various amounts of time and have received care from us both. Currently I have not seen my children since Dec 2015. What can I do in regards to getting custody/visitation rights while litigating? I was told by an attorney about a form or Myron I could file for that. I was also told by another attorney to file for majority of the custody, is that usually recommended? Also I had an instance about 5 years ago shortly after the split up in which I mentioned suicide to him. It resulted in him calling the cops and they took me to a behavioral center for a couple hours to be evaluated but I was released same day. Could this have any bearing on whether I will get custody or visitation? I have since held down a job for over 4 years and a place of residence. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!