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Court awards child custody rights to "Teen Mom"

Alaska residents who are fans of the MTV series 'Teen Mom" may be interested to learn the latest news about cast member Amber Portwood. Portwood was awarded custody of her 7-year-old daughter in December following a long child custody battle with her ex-fiancé Gary Shirley. Meanwhile, Portwood's current boyfriend reportedly has seven children, a piece of information she may have wanted to keep from going public.

Getting child custody in Alaska

Although the law prefers that a child's biological parents retain custody of their children after a divorce, this is not always possible. In fact, a parent is not automatically granted custody even if they are married. For an individual to obtain custody of a child, he or she must have a significant connection to that child and show that having custody is in the best interest of the child.