Jenelle Evans ‘devastated’ after losing custody bid

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Jenelle Evans is speaking out on yesterday’s court hearing in regards to custody of her son Jace.

Evans verified earlier reports that her mom Barbara still has primary custody of Jace and that there’s a new visitation schedule now in place. Jenelle clarified that she will have her oldest son on the weekends, holidays and during the summer season.

She said:

“I’m not restricted to when my mom says I can have my son anymore and at the moment that’s all I care about. I just want to spend time with my son. He will be home one day but today wasn’t the day, sadly… I’m really happy we could come to a decision for Jace but it doesn’t change my feelings towards my mom. She still isn’t giving up my son to me but I will fight again in the future when the time is right. I’m happy but devastated at the same time that I didn’t take it to trial. But in the world of Jenelle, you learn to pick and choose your battles.”

Jenelle claims that the judge admonished Barbara after deciding to retain her designation as the primary custodian. “Barbara, you need to start thinking about the child and not yourself in the future,” the judge allegedly said.

Jenelle also told E! News that her relationship with David Eason was a factor, “Another big deal to the judge is that we weren’t married, but he knew we were engaged,” she stated.

The custody order is already in effect and Jenelle is excited about spending time with her son during Memorial Day Weekend after having been apart for five weeks.

Jenelle said that she will probably readdress the arrangement in a year, but as for now she wants to focus on the newfound time she has with Jace.


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  • Amanda_56

    Well atleast Barbara can’t get mad at her and keep him away for months now. That’s not fair! It’s hurting jace more than anyone. Using children as a pawn is not right. Say what you want about janelle… But Barbara raised her. I’m not confident in either of their parenting abilities, but janelle is still his mother and she’s living a stable life now. She and jace deserve to have a relationship!

    • TrashTV

      Have you looked at her social media accounts lately? Jace has not been kept from her for five weeks at all.
      She just did not get to have Jace whenever she wanted. And Mothers Day? This year he was at Babs’. When you have two mothers, it is only fair to take turns. Im sure she would have been welcome too when she would not have been so horrible to her mom and fight in front of Jace all the time.

      • LoLo

        She will lie to the end of her days. She’s in denial. She thinks because she had a bad childhood, everything in her life now is still Barb’s fault. We have never heard her say thank you. From the day Jace was born & Jenelle wanted to party or not wake up to care for him to today, she does not thank Barb for being there.

      • Guest

        Barbara is not Jace’ mother. She parents him, yes, but she will always be his grandmother.

        • TA

          Barbara is Jace’s mother in every sense of the definition. Jenelle is his birth parent, she isn’t his Mom. There’s a huge difference.

          • FYO

            You’re confused. Mom, birth parent, biologicial parent is all the same thing. Barbara is not and never will be Jace’s mother. By definition, Barbara is Jace’s legal guardian. Jenelle is his mother. That’s how the court defines them and it matches what you’ll find in the dictionary.

        • ChelseaHouskasEyebrows

          My “grandmother” raised me. She is in every way my mom, just because my she’s not who Gave birth to me doesn’t mean she’s not my mom.

          • FYO

            Your grandmother is not your mom. She is your grandmother. She will always be your grandmother. The fact that she raised you doesn’t change that.

            • ChelseaHouskasEyebrows

              Biologically yes but she is in every sense of the word my mom and that will never change.

              • FYO

                For some reason some people who are raised seem to think that referring to grandparents as such without specifically stating they raised `you` somehow diminishes their role. I don’t mention that meaning you specifically, it’s just an observation that crossed my mind in general.

                I guess some people are more sensitive or put more weight to labels than others do. In my view, everyone has their place in a family tree. It’s ok to say `my grandma raised me but she isn’t my mom`. Then again you have people like Barbara who have told their grandchild to call them mom/dad.

        • TinaBelchersGroan

          That’s like saying Brandon and Theresa aren’t Carly’s parents because they didn’t give birth to her. Blood isn’t always thicker than water and there’s a lot more to parenting than just pushing them out.

          • FYO

            The law doesn’t recognize Brandon and Theresa as Carly’s mom and dad. They are adoptive parents, not adoptive mother/father. That’s because a parent and a mother/father is not the same thing by definition. Apparently a lot of people here don’t understand that.

        • It’s me

          To me a mother makes sacrifices for their kid(s).
          What did Jenelle sacrifice?

    • savannah

      What is really not fair is Jenelle putting him on the spot constantly in a bid to make him choose. On camera even, JACE, DO YOU WANT TO LIVE WITH ME?! That’s so bad for his already damaged psyche. Barbara has been the only stability that kid has ever had. It wasn’t that long ago when poor little Jace was trying to sing to his Mom from the backseat while she cried over Nathan. Now she’s got a new man, new family…its always something with Jenelle. Barbara offers a stable home without a stream of men in and out the door. Here are some statistics:

      Children who live with a single parent, who has a live-in partner, are 20 times more likely to be victims of child sex abuse than children living with both biological parents

      One-tenth to one-third of child fatalities were caused by unrelated adults in the home; Unrelated adults in the home beat very young children to death more than 100 times per capita than genetic parents; and the risk of a child dying at the hands of adults is eight times higher if the adult is unrelated.

      I think Jace is in the right place. Honestly. And I hope he is attending therapy on a regular basis.

      • TrashTV

        And your statistics don’t even factor in UBT’s criminal past with violence and his current behavior in public or when the cameras are roling.
        He got his nickname Uncle Bad Touch from Adam for crying out loud, even Adam knows better. Adam is a douche and UBT gives even Adam the creeps!

        • savannah

          I just think if you get the creep vibe that bad from what he presents to the cameras, imagine behind the scenes? Now they’re holed away in the woods in the middle of nowhere, no wonder Babs is terrified to let Jace be there. At least Nathan was openly whacky…UBT is behind the scenes creepy AF.

          • LoLo

            Remember when Jenelle had him & let him play outside alone & Barb showed up. Jenelle was in her room sleeping. Barb said “you can’t leave him alone outside”. Jenelle constantly shows us how motherly she is.

            • Lauren

              Exactly! Or when Barbara misunderstood and thought she had to go to Wilmington & instead of just calmly explaining to her Jenelle goes off on her in front of Jace. His face is an open book.

              • LoLo

                Yes, that was so hard to watch. Barb can be crazy at times but this time she clearly had a bad connection & misunderstood. She even said “I thought you said…”. Jenelle blames Barb for everything wrong in her life instead of saying “I was a terrible teen & my mom was there us when Jace needed her”.

                Personally, I had/have a very rocky relationship with my mother. I moved out when I was 16 & was a young mom. When I had my kids my mother was nothing but wonderful to them. She told me one day “all the mistakes I made with you I’ve tried to make up to you by showing you how much I love your kids”. I think Barb is doing that as well but Jenelle is to dumb & self absorbed to see it. My mother is hard to love, hard to talk to, we will never be “friends” but she adores my kids & they her. I would never jeopardize that & I do feel good knowing that she loves them.

        • savannah

          Not to mention his no contact order with his one child…normally courts side in favor of parantal unification, so to not be able to see your child at all says something.

      • It’s me

        I read on another site (e! Maybe) Jenelle keeps the custody talk away from Jace & never mentions it. (what a liar)
        Jace asks when will we all live together here. Yeah i doubt it. Why would he ask that?

    • LoLo

      A stable life now? She lives with a guy who doesn’t work, isn’t allowed to see his own son & she constantly fights people on social media like a child. She moved far away from Barb & Jace’s school, friends & activities. If she wanted to make the transition smoother she would have moved closer to be near her child. Then lying to the kids face over & over about how he was stolen from her is very harming to him. #1 Barb did not steal him, #2 Jace loves Barb & slamming Barb or lying about her hurts Jace.

      Just because Barb raised Jenelle doesn’t mean anything as far as this is concerned. She’s the better option for Jace & gave up her adult later in life years for him. The judge apparently see it that way too. What Jenelle deserves is not what she’s earned. You don’t deserve a relationship just because you gave birth or have behaved for 1 yr. She’s had 8 yrs to do this & so much time has passed. If Barb wanted to, years ago she could have stopped all visitation when Jenelle was on drugs & in & out of jail. She didn’t because she wanted them to have a relationship, it’s Jenelle & only Jenelle that has prevented this by not making good decisions & putting men over her child.

    • Guest

      Amen to that, Amanda!

    • A

      Jenelle might have been raided by Barbara but she’s been out of her care for years now. Jenelle had had the means to pay for the therapy she so obviously needs but instead chooses to buy David a new truck and boat. A lot of people grow up in less than stellar conditions but they don’t let it define them. Blaming barbara is just an excuse for Jenelle’s continued sh!tty behavior and choices.

      • TA

        Exactly! Part of being mature and growing up is making right the wrongs of your past, including having a sh*tty childhood. A lot of us did, and we have managed to stay out of jail, off drugs and have custody of our children.

    • sysmjp

      Stable life? Her and UBT won’t make it through the end of the year. She churns through relationships (and pregnancies). That has not stopped. The crazy b* is the antithesis of stable.

    • TinaBelchersGroan

      Um Jenelle is like 24. She can’t use her mom as an excuse anymore. Time to grow up.

  • Chewy

    Jenelle doesn’t appear to have the time to appropriately take care of a third child (jace) with all of her baby daddy, family, twitter, and other drama in her life. Sick girl she is.

    • LoLo

      How much time will they spend driving each kid to the other parent or Barb & then picking them up? The poor kids are all shuffled all over the place & have siblings that are part time. Between David, Nathan & Jenelle there are now 6 kids with 7 different parents.

  • theStevieJBus

    Janelle does not need custody of Jacce, she has way too much drama going to take care of another kid. I also think once her and David break up she will be begging Babs to take the other 2 kids off her hands.

    • sysmjp

      Exactly, a year from now Barb will have all 3

      • Lauren

        I really want Nathan to step up and be a better father for Kai. But he’s another poor excuse of a parent.

    • cali

      Or she’ll look for pitty and cry on social media about how being a single mother is soooo hard blah blah blah.

  • LoLo

    So if she marries UBT (David) the judge would have been for that? You can marry a POS, non-working loser who can’t even see his own son & that makes things better?

    Jenelle has an excuse for everything. She still cannot own up to the fact that 8 yrs later she still makes horrible choices. Fighting with people on social media, moving away from his school on & on.

    • Lacy

      She’ll probably marry him in the next year, but now that they have an ironed out custody schedule, when Jenelle doesn’t show or pickup Jace what will she use an excuse? She has to go for spring break again? Either that or David’s mom will be babysitting one more kid. I wonder how she feels about Jenelle and her daughter getting into it on social media?

      • LoLo

        I would bet David’s family is not that bright if you get what I mean. David isn’t what I consider a great catch. I could not imagine my son bringing home Jenelle or a daughter bringing home David. I feel bad for all the children involved but I really feel bad/worried for Keiser the most. He’s not David’s so I wonder if David treats him differently now that the new baby is here. He’s shuffled back & forth to stay with people who are not family. He tugs at my heartstrings a bit because he looks & behaves so much like my middle son.

    • It’s me

      Thank you
      People cry “Oh Jenelle is trying”
      please…if she was trying or cared why does she keep moving further away from his school, friends, activities & the only community he has known?

      • LoLo

        & let a non working, no contact allowed man move in with her.

      • FYO

        As someone who had to move away from school, friends, activities, and the only community I knew when I was a kid, I will tell you from first-hand experience that it’s not remotely as horrible as you’re making it sound. It sucks, yes, but kids are resilient. They settle into a new school, make new friends, join new activities, and become a part of a new community. Some people move half way around the world and turn out just fine so, ………

  • Kail’s Fake Ass

    Devastated? We all know if this went to trial Jenelle would probably have to take a drug test, no wonder she agreed to this. What s scumbag, can’t lay off the weed for a month or two to get the kid you’ve supposedly fought for over the years? Stop playing the victim card Jenelle, we see right through you. Not surprised the judge didn’t award her full custody, how on earth would she have time to balance taking care of Jace on top of the other kids, and still have time to start twitter wars with the person she hates that week?

  • TA

    A judge isn’t going to remove a child from the only home he’s known for 8 years unless there’s proof of abuse and/or neglect. Jenelle needs to realize that her past choices will have lifelong consequences, and the biggest is not having her child back.
    I wish Barbara and Jenelle lived closer, and if Jenelle really had Jace’s best interest at heart, she would live close enough to have shared custody.
    Jace deserves a stable environment. Jenelle has not been able to prove she’s able to give that to him, and he should remain with Barbara.

    • Caty P. :)

      A lot of people made good comments here, but I think yours is particularly well-stated, & I couldn’t agree more :)

    • FYO

      Are you suggesting Jenelle should just give up on trying to get her son back? That’s about the stupidest thing I’ve read here, and there’s plenty of stupid in these posts to go around. Obviously a family court judge feels Jenelle deserves more time with Jace and has ordered it so. Transitioning Jace back to Jenelle is a process and the visitation rights Jenelle just won is the first step so it seems the court disagrees with your assertion that Jenelle shouldn’t get her child back.

  • Nedly Mandingo IV

    Jace is no longer her child. For years she put her loser boyfriends first before her own son. Jace was nothing but an inconvenience so Barb took him in. Now 7-8 years later now that Jenelle has decided to grow up she wants him back??? Too late b- !

    • FYO

      Jace will always be her child and she will always be his mom. And Jace seems to enjoy the time he spends with her and his siblings. So no, not too late.

  • Cait Sith

    Jenelle ain’t the brightest star in the sky by any means, and yes she’s ridiculously immature, but… I DO think she’s slowly getting better in terms of financial stability and being in 1 place.

    Honestly, I don’t think the judge would award her more visitation if she really were as bad as everyone (including me) seems to think she is. Yes, having 3 kids with 3 dads is selfish, stupid, and immature, but trust me. I’ve seen wayyy far worse than what Jenelle’s been doing lately.

    • FYO

      Nice to see someone else who can be real about the situation. You’re right, family court judges don’t award rights to people who are disasters, and that’s what most people here would have you believe Jenelle is. It’s funny she’s proven herself to the court but not to the couch critics here.

  • cookie

    He’s Barbara’s son, not Jenelle’s

  • Karina

    She always acts like Barbara stole Jace from her, but she’s the one who gave him up and couldn’t take care of him.

    • FYO

      No, she acts like she has turned her life around since then and deserves a bigger role with Jace. And she’s right about that. People are quick to bash Jenelle and treat her like she’s still the same drug-abuser she was 8 years ago. It’s too bad they aren’t as quick to give her credit for the things she’s improved.

      Neither Barbara nor Jenelle are role-models but it’s ridiculous to refuse to acknowledge Jenelle has come a long way, and ridiculous to refuse to acknowledge Barbara’s failure as a parent with her own kids while claiming she’s the best thing for Jace.

      • retired and happy

        She has not come far enough that I would let her take care of any child, given a choice.

        • FYO

          Apparently a family court judge felt differently. *shrug* At least someone with authority is now moderating what’s happening. That alone is a step in the right direction since neither Barbara nor Jenelle know how to act right on their own.

  • Lauren

    What did Jenelle really expect? It’s not like Babs has only had him for a short time. She’s had him since he was 6 weeks old & Jace is going to be 8 this year. No judge is going to rip him out of the only home he’s known because now she’s decided that she’s ready to have him full-time. She may have moved on from her past but her bad choices have long term consequences. Plus the fact that she continues to attack people over Twitter & keeps popping out kids doesn’t help. I do think a visitation schedule is good. Jace should be around his siblings & Babs can’t withold him just because she and Jenelle can’t put their differences aside.

    • FYO

      Barbara has said multiple times she doesn’t want to live alone and she doesn’t want her role on Teen Mom diminished (in fact she wants it increased, along with her pay). She’s uses Jace as a means to manipulate Jenelle and she’s a proven failure as a parent – 3 kids, 3 drug addicts, 3 criminals. It’s disgusting people only praise Barbara and completely ignore her full story/history.

      I agree, the visitation schedule is a good thing. It’s a start to transitioning Jace back. I also agree with the judge warning Barbara she needs to stop being selfish and start thinking about Jace’s best interests regarding being with his mother and siblings.

  • It’s me

    I hope it stated the rules for pick up & drop off. Being so concerned for Jace Jenelle kept moving further away from where Jace lives (goes to school). Many episodes shows Jenelle making Barbara pick him up at Jenelles or fighting & yelling at Barbara to meet them on the highway.
    I bet she could see him a lot more if she wasnt so far away but that obviously not her top priority

    • FYO

      Don’t be stupid. She moved away to remove herself from bad surroundings and triggers. She moved away, at the advice of her counselors, as part of her addiction treatment. Obviously it was good advice and a good thing she took it considering where she was and where she is now.