Child custody is something parents should take seriously. When a marriage or a relationship comes to an end, and there are children involved, one or both parents may wish to gain sole custody of the children. With both parents wanting certain things to happen, they often end up disputing until they eventually can agree or a judge makes the decision for them.
It was recently reported that two mothers have taken their child custody battle for their two children to the U.S. Supreme Court. The women were together for over fifteen years before deciding to end their relationship. During that time, they had three children in Georgia. One of the women was the children's birth mother, and the other was awarded parental rights.
The first part of the custody battle took the women to Alabama where the mother who had been granted parental rights did not receive good news. When it was found by the Alabama Supreme Court that Georgia's ruling on the matter was not valid, the dispute carried on to the U.S. Supreme Court. At that point, it was decided that the Alabama Supreme Court could not overturn the ruling of the Georgia court to give one of the women parental rights.
Child custody laws can be confusing for any couple. As a result, some parents have had to deal with the fact that certain decisions that were made by one court were not upheld by another. Anyone who has questions or concerns about child custody may want to contact an attorney, as they can help you find the answers to your questions and assist during a child custody battle.
Source: Catholic Online, "Three children 2 mothers -Who gets custody?," Kenya Sinclair, February 8, 2016