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Lessons You Can Learn from Jenelle Evans's Custody Battle

Since the birth of her first child, Jenelle Evans' life has been under scrutiny. Evans gained popularity from the hit MTV shows 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom 2. Evans has undergone several incidents relating to custody of her children.

This year Evans and her husband, David Eason, lost custody of their children after Eason had reportedly shot and killed their family dog. Eventually, after a lengthy trial, the couple regained custody of the children in July. The highly public hearing highlights what parents can do when they encounter child custody issues in North Carolina.

Protecting the Best Interest of the Child

One of the main issues in Janelle Evens case was that her children were in danger. In North Carolina, family courts decide child custody issues based on what they believe will be in the best interest of the child. Factors that courts use to determine this include:

  • The child's safety

  • The child's current living situation

  • The child's relationship with each parent

  • If there is a history of domestic violence

  • If the parents can create a stable home for the child

  • Each parents ability to care for the child

To regain custody, Evans and her husband Eason had to attend parenting classes, counseling, and weekly drug testing. The reason for this was to prove they were committed to being good parents and providing a safe home for their children. For parents going through a custody case, you must follow the court's orders.

Additionally, there were altercations and reports of domestic violence between Evans and Eason in the past, which was part of the reason the judge was reluctant to grant custody back to the family. While she did end up receiving custody in the end, parents going through divorce or custody issues must never engage in fighting in front of their children. Studies have shown that when children are exposed to their parents arguing, they are more likely to struggle with depression, anxiety, and behavior issues.

How to Protect Your Child in a Custody Case

Evan's case highlights the importance of why parents going through a custody case need to be committed to making sure their child is safe. While child custody issues can be emotionally charged, parents must remember what's important - their child. Our child custody attorneys are here if you need experienced counsel and will help protect you and your family's best interest.

Contact Epperson Law Group, PLLC today at (704) 200-9278 for help with your child custody case.