When parents are at odds over child custody, the matter is often brought before a family court. These hearings can become incredibly heated, and parents will use any and all leverage they can muster in order to gain the ability to obtain or retain their child custody rights. Many Pennsylvania readers have heard of the custody battle between rapper Ludacris and the mother of his daughter, which recently went before a judge.
Many fathers insist that family courts still favor mothers over them when it comes to granting primary custody of a couple's children. Even though the "tender years doctrine" was abolished by many states, including Pennsylvania, there still appears to be a preference toward women by family court judges. If this is true, the fathers' rights movement still has much work to do.