Details about Jenelle Evans’ new custody arrangement with Jace and Barbara

Jenelle Evans Barbara Evans and Jace together May 2013

As we reported earlier, nearly seven years after Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evans originally filed a motion to modify the custody arrangement for her son Jace, she and her mom Barbara Evans have finally come to an agreement on a new custody arrangement that includes a consistent schedule of visitation for Jenelle. We now have more details about the new arrangement between the two, which includes numerous terms for both Jenelle and Barbara — including not being allowed to put each other down in Jace’s presence.

The terms of the arrangement come via a source for The Ashley’s Reality Roundup, who reveals that the new visitation arrangement allows Jenelle to have Jace every other weekend from Friday night until Sunday night, starting this weekend.

Here are some of the restrictions in the arrangement agreed to by both Jenelle and Barbara from The Ashley:

• They are not allowed to call each other names or say anything bad about the other when Jace is present. They must also make sure that no one else (i.e. friends, soulmates, etc.) says anything bad about the other in front of Jace. They must be respectful to one another at all times while Jace is present.

This one is clearly inspired by the numerous scenes on the show in which we see Barbara and Jenelle bad mouthing each other in an attempt to curry Jace’s favor, or to elicit an on-camera admission of preference from him. I am sure this one will inspire applause all over the internet among fans who have been concerned about the effect these tactics were having on Jace — on camera and off.

They are not allowed to use illegal drugs (including marijuana), or let anyone else around them use illegal drugs around Jace. In addition, they can’t be under the influence (or have anyone around them who is under the influence with them) while they are with Jace.

They can not drink excessively while Jace is present, nor can they allow others to be drunk around Jace.

These cut both ways as well. Clearly, Jenelle has a history of drug issues — especially marijuana — and Barbara is famously quite fond of the wine. I can foresee some problems with the grey areas here as it will have to be determined what merits “excessive” drinking. Also, what happens if Jenelle (and/or others around Jace) use marijuana in a state where it is legal, such as California, where many of the Reunion and after show specials are filmed? We don’t have the exact verbiage of the agreement, so I’m not sure how specific it is.

Barbara Evans Jenelle Evans and Jace

The only people who are allowed to physically discipline Jace are Barbara and Jenelle. The agreement specifically states that no one else may do so.

Oh boy. Something tells me this will be the first guideline to get violated. With Jenelle being followed like a hawk both online and whenever she is in public, I think we will hear about some incident in which David Eason scolds Jace or something similar. David is notoriously a staunch disciplinarian, and I think he is going to find it very difficult to hold back in certain situations. That is purely speculation though!

In addition to the above guidelines, there are also rules allowing for access of Jace’s medical and school records, as well as stipulations about changing phone numbers and taking Jace out of the country. (Essentially, both Jenelle and Barbara are required to keep the other aware.)

Jenelle revealed that not getting custody of Jace left her devastated, but she was able to see the positives of the new arrangement. “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,” she said. “I just want to spend time with my son.”

But don’t think for a minute that this is the last time we will see Jenelle and Barbara in court over Jace! “I will fight again in the future when the time is right,” Jenelle promises. “I’m happy but devastated at the same time that I didn’t take it to trial.”

So what do you think about the custody outcome and the new guidelines for Jenelle and Barbara? Which guideline do you think will be the hardest for one or the other (or both) to adhere to?

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  • starlight02

    Isn’t that what she already had? So basically the judge gave her nothing haha. Servers her right hope she never gets him back also hope she keeps violating the order and the judge strips her of her rights!

    • TrashTV

      Indeed, she got nothing from the judge, only official restrictions. I think she even had more visitation once. Justice has been served!
      Why the *** does she need so many updates how rich Jace is? That is just BS to make Babs look bad. Babs still works a normal job, lives very modest but hell yeah, she is dipping into Jace’s funds, that’s is way she is living in such a large house, goes on holidays every other month, had surgery done, owns a car and a boat etc. etc. (sarcasm off)
      Where is Kaiser’s money and Ensleigh’s money, does anyone monitor that?

      • LoLo

        Exactly. How many times have we heard Jenelle put down Barb for working at Walmart? Well at least she works. What does UBT/David do? Isn’t he living off of Jace’s money too? Barb has every right to use the money for his care, daycare, summer camp, clothing whatever. Jenelle will never be grateful for all Barb has done. But, when her & David break up, she will run to Barb just like she did after all the others.

      • FYO

        She got a lot from the judge. She got more time with Jace than Barbara was allowing, and now Barbara can’t interfere with it, abusing her guardianship of Jace by refusing to let Jenelle spend time with him because Barbara is mad, or doesn’t like something Jenelle said, or etc etc etc. The time Jenelle gets with Jace is no longer at Barbara’s discretion, it’s guaranteed by the court. Nobody with common sense would call that `getting nothing` or a loss.

        • Lacy

          It also goes the other way. When she wants to revisit this agreement in a year, if she is constantly late/difficult/or just plain missing drop offs and pick ups she can kiss what visitation she has now goodbye. She really only seemed to want Jace when it was convenient and we saw many times Jenelle turning down having him for other plans. Plus all the other stipulations will only be a matter of time before her or David say stuff in front of Jace on camera that gets aired.

          • FYO

            That’s true. As much as she wanted movement in her favor, now she has a little and she better not screw it up if she does truly want Jace and the responsibility of him back. This new visitation order will prove to be a blessing or a curse. How things go over the next year will be very revealing for both sides. Some people here hope Jenelle crashes and burns but that doesn’t serve Jace at all – having a healthy & stable mom does so I hope it works out for his benefit.

          • mizdjohnson


        • Ugh

          They went to mediation not in front of a judge. A judge only signs off on the agreement they reached.

          • FYO

            Yes, and? A judge could have rejected the new visitation arrangement but obviously agreed Jenelle deserves more guaranteed time and warned Barbara not to interfere. So as I said, she got a lot from the judge.

    • LoLo

      So she can’t smoke weed anymore or let him around anyone that smokes weed. Will she be randomly tested? If I were Barb I would ask for a hair test. My friend had to do that so it would show how much her ex smoked. It’s more accurate than a blood or urine test.

      • barbinop

        I was wondering that too if Jenelle will be subjected to random drug screening.

    • FYO

      Wrong. The judge gave her court ordered visitation rights which means Barbara can no longer withhold Jace from Jenelle because she’s mad at her, or doesn’t like something David said, or just because she feels like it. Barbara will no longer be able to abuse her guardianship of Jace in the way she was previously. The court has granted her *more* than she was getting prior so it’s obviously a win for Jenelle and the first step in transitioning Jace back. If things go well over the next year, Jenelle will likely be granted shared custody.

      Aside of that, it’s takes a real @sshole to say you hope someone fails to stay on the right path, continue to get better, and never earns their child back. With that kind of mentality I hope you never become a parent yourself, and if you already have, I feel sorry for your children.

      • ChelseaHouskasEyebrows

        Uncle bad touch? Is that you?

        • FYO

          Have you been day-drinking?

          • ChelseaHouskasEyebrows

            Phuck I wish. I’ve got this crazy thing called a job that gets in the way of doing such things.

      • Lacy

        This could be the first step to shared custody, but it could also prove how unreliable and unstable she is. She’ll have to pick him up and drop him off EVERYTIME, no excuses if she wants to go on vacations. And if she just gets him and pawns him off on a babysitter this will also prove Barb’s side. It could easily lead to Barb requesting this be revisited in a year, and Jenelle having even less visitation.

  • Bruja

    They are not allowed to call each other names or say anything bad about the other when Jace is present. They must also make sure that no one else (i.e. friends, soulmates, etc.) says anything bad about the other in front of Jace. They must be respectful to one another at all times while Jace is present.

    Does that mean current soulmates….past soulmates? Does it include future soulmates? C’mom, we all know Jenelle’s “soulmates” have a limited shelf life. Duuude, that’s harsh! Jenelle and her menagerie of men will never be able to follow that rule! hahahaha!

  • jeff

    It says only Jenelle and Barb can *physically* discipline Jace, which Im guessing means spanking. So I’m sure the soulmate (and future soulmates) will still get to discipline him in other ways.

  • theStevieJBus

    Janelle and Barbra definitely needed to stop talking about each other in front of the Jace however they aren’t the only ones, in fact I’d say Chelsea is worse, always berating Adam in front of Aubrey, Maci and Kail are pretty bad as well.

    • ameliaBedelia76

      I see Babs being provoked by Jenelle. They do not show Babs just going off on Jenelle. it is more the instigator in these situations. Jenelle is always screaming & yelling at Babs. I m thinking this part added in for Jenelle. She seems to have more restrictions. No drugs

  • Simone

    I, for one, was truly happy for Jenelle when I read that her mother can no longer prevent her from seeing her son. I hope they’re both able to follow the guidelines for Jace’ sake.

    • ameliaBedelia76

      I, for one, was truly happy to know Barbara was keeping jace safe when Jenelle won’t get out of bed, is getting high, going out of town & allowing her toddler to get into ther edibles

  • sysmjp

    Janelle is the only person surprised that she didn’t get full custody. The fact that she doesn’t realize that is the reason she shouldn’t have it in the first place. She won’t be able to stick to the visitation or other rules. And when the relationship with UBT implodes on social media – it definitely won’t look good to the court. She should save her money for the custody battles with her other baby favas instead of battling her mom.

    • mizdjohnson