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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.

On a clip for an upcoming episode of 'Teen Mom," Portwood's ex-fiancé angers her on camera by revealing how many children her new boyfriend has. After the information was made public, Portwood began defending her boyfriend from harsh messages on Twitter.

Before Portwood was involved with her new boyfriend, her ex-fiancé accused her of domestic violence. In 2011, Gary Shirley took custody of their daughter after Portwood was charged for felony domestic battery. When Portwood was being charged for assaulting Shirley, she reportedly requested a jail sentence so that she could recover from a drug problem. After serving 17 months in jail, Portwood stayed off of drugs and began a long custody battle with Shirley. Eventually, Portwood was awarded custody.

A parent may be able to reestablish child custody rights after being charged for domestic violence. To do this, the parent may need to prove that they have made significant changes in their life and taken steps to become a responsible parent. A family law attorney might be able to help an individual who has lost parental rights after a domestic violence incident to petition for a new child custody order.

Source: Examiner "Amber Portwood wins child custody case and stands by Matt Baier," Dec. 18, 2015

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