Full custody is VERY difficult to get. Most likely one parent will get full PLACEMENT, but it is joint custody.
Placement: where the child resides for more than 50% of the time.
Custody: who has the right to decide medical care/education/ etc
Most of the time people will get full custody if the other parent takes off, wants nothing to do with the child, or is in jail/drugs/etc.
But it depends what the courts deem as best. Now a day, women still have a better chance of having full placement, but men are catching up. I am married to a man that fought and received full placement, then after his sons mom took off for 8 years, he got full custody as well (he got that after the first year).
Good luck with everything.
at 11:17 PM on Nov. 10, 2009