Courts have overcome misconceptions about awarding custody after divorce and are seeking to make decisions based on providing joint custody or equal access, where possible, and not basing rulings on the parent's gender. However, a resentful former spouse can complicate formulating a child custody plan.
Judges in Pennsylvania and other states are not allowed to discriminate against fathers when awarding custody of their children and base their decision on the best interests of the child. However, there are concerns that judges rely on rapidly-outdated presumptions while deciding child custody issues. There are several ways to increase the odds of obtaining custody for fathers or either parent, for that matter.