Each and every year, thousands of Alabama parents face challenges to their child custody rights. Some cases are more complicated than others, although no parent enjoys having his or her rights questioned in a court of law. For one woman in a southern state, a recent win has restored her child custody rights after a court took issue with her former employment as a prostitute.
The mother and father were in a relationship and had two children together prior to breaking up in 2010. They shared physical custody of the children, although the mother retained primary custody. However, when the father found out that his former partner was working at an established brothel in a state where prostitution is legal, he went to court seeking primary custody.
He won that case, and the judge questioned the mother's choice of employment, despite the fact that her children have never been exposed to her job. In addition, the mother testified that she sought that form of employment due to excessive medical bills and a failure by the children's father to pay his portion of child support. She was also able to go to school and earn her degree and become a licensed social worker.
On appeal, the judges found that the decision to remove the mother's child custody rights was based more on the lower court's concern over her employment choice rather than any negative impact on the children's best interests. There is no word on whether the couple returned to their previous custody arrangement, or if a new schedule was created. The ruling is viewed by many in Alabama and elsewhere as a parental rights victory.
Source: timesfreepress.com, "Tennessee court gives former prostitute primary custody of her children", Nov. 1, 2016