Virtually every Alabama resident is aware of the power of a prenup in protecting against financial loss. For those who have not tied the knot but are simply living together, it is easy to assume that a similar level of protection is not available. In reality, however, cohabitation agreements can provide many of the same protections that a prenuptial agreement offers, especially in regard to purchasing a home.
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.
In a case that reached one state's highest judicial level, a man has been denied primary custody of his children, who are residing with a convicted sex offender. The matter has sparked debate across the country, as few parents in Alabama or elsewhere can imagine living in a scenario in which they are left feeling helpless to protect their children from harm. The child custody case may prompt legislative action in the state where the family resides.