We have discussed many instances of same-sex parents who have seen challenges to their parental rights because of gaps in current state laws. When the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the country, it changed the way that states interpreted laws regarding marriage. These changes have had a major impact for many couples, and have led to uncertainty about custody when relationships come to an end.
A recent case out of Arizona again emphasizes the challenges that face same-sex parents. This case involves two women who were married in California, where gay marriage was legal, and then moved to Arizona, where the courts had not yet recognized such marriages.