Teen Mother’s Amber Portwood Decries Shedding Custody of Son

Reality star Amber Portwood is currently enduring trying times following the court ruling in the child custody case between her and her ex, Andrew Glennon. The recently pronounced verdict states that Glennon wields primary physical custody of their four-year-old son, James.

Leading up to the court ruling, Andrew Glennon and Amber Portwood were locked in a three-year custody battle between 2017 and 2019. During this period, the TV star had several run-ins with the law. The charges ranged from domestic battery to felony. Presently, Amber Portwood’s custody issue is gradually ebbing as she comes to terms with how her parenthood is turning out.

How Did Amber Portwood React to the Court Verdict?

In an interview with E! News, the 32-year-old opened up about how she felt. The MTV personality stated that she worked so hard regarding her self-development and improving her relationship with her children. Portwood thought the judge presiding over their case should have given her a chance to “redeem” herself. This was in reference to her past misconduct. She explained:

“While I’ve always been candid about my past substance abuse and struggles with mental illness, a person should have the chance to redeem themselves and not be tethered to their problems from the past.”

The mom-of-two stated that she “spent years rebuilding bridges,” including tendering “21 negative drug tests.” She also went through several psychological evaluations. The reality TV star added for good measure that she would never stop fighting for her children whom she “loves more than anything.”

What Did the Judge Decide in Portwood and Andrew’s Custody Case?

According to court documents obtained from the sun the judge granted Andrew sole legal and primary custody, and his request to move to a different city was also certified. The documents show that the condition attached to the ruling included Andrew contacting the mother’s opinions on major decisions concerning little James.

The range of events Andrew was asked to contact Portwood for her opinions included matters of religion, education, and medical treatments. Portwood was granted overnight stays, which is bound to increase with time.

Andrew plans to move to his family’s mansion in Malibu, California, with their son. This means Amber Portwood will alternate between her home in Indiana and California for co-parenting.

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