As some readers in Austin may have heard, the star of an MTV reality series is embroiled in a battle over child visitation rights. Celebrity stories may be plastered all over the Internet, but they can still serve as talking points in discussions about family law. According to a news site, Jenelle Evans, the lead in “Teen Mom 2,” has not been allowed to see her son, who has been living with his grandmother. It’s the latest child custody fight in the celebrity world, and it might not be resolved without court intervention.
Evans has had a string of highly publicized legal issues that could have a bearing on the outcome in a court case. Whether she will be permitted to resume parenting in the near future is uncertain.
While child custody disputes between mothers and fathers occur rather frequently, such clashes are also common between mothers and daughters. These emotional conflicts can have damaging effects on family members, especially the children.
Although grandparents can pursue custody or other parental rights, the conditions for third-party custody differ from those in mother-father cases. The judge who listens to the arguments from each side must determine the best interests of the child. This must include a thorough assessment of whether the child would be subject to harm or danger under parental care.
Because no two cases are alike, a mother must understand her legal rights if she intends to regain child custody. State laws on such matters vary, and jurisdiction must be established in an interstate case. If a mother already has court-ordered custody, grandparents can still seek modification to the agreement under limited circumstances.
Source: Examiner.com, “‘Teen Mom 2’ star Jenelle Evans upset about custody issues,” Nicole Ramage, Sept. 6, 2012