Many Alabama readers are aware of the recent legal changes that have paved the way for same-sex couples to marry. Even though the United States Supreme Court has addressed the matter and concluded that same-sex couples are entitled to marry, nontraditional families still face significant legal challenges. In regard to child custody cases, spouses who live in certain states can face an uphill battle when it comes to gaining rights to their children.
An example is found in a southern family that consisted of two women and two children. When the couple made the decision to expand their family, it was decided that one of the women would adopt a child on her own. This was prior to the legalization of same-sex marriage, which left the couple with few options. Years later, the couple decided that the same woman would conceive and carry a child through in vitro fertilization.