At last. Teen Mom 2 Alum Jenelle Evans After more than a decade as grandma, was granted primary custody to her son Jace. Barbara Evans‘ care.
“My mom and I decided together to grant full custody back to me because we want to build our relationship back as mother and daughter,” Jenelle, 31, told Us Weekly Saturday, March 18. “Also, my mother agrees it’s time for Jace to be back with his siblings and living with a mother and father. She also thinks it’s important for Jace to be around a father figure to learn ‘boy things’ and have ‘men talk.’”
She went on to say that Barbara “has seen the way David parents” and acknowledges that they are capable parents.
“She knows we’re able to handle it. We want to all get along for the sake of the children and like I said before, building back our relationship as mother and daughter,” Jenelle added. “It’s a done deal!”
On Thursday, March 16, the mother-daughter couple signed papers to make the new custody arrangement official. The new custody arrangement was made official by the mother-daughter duo when they signed papers on Thursday, March 16. 16 & Pregnant Twitter announcement by alum that she had some big news to share
“I’m about to achieve the unthinkable and cannot wait to share the news with everyone,” she tweeted on February 21 leading some fans to believe the news had to do with Jace.
Jenelle later added fuel to the rumors when she responded to a Twitter troll who called her “ratchet.”
“You should ratchet asf for someone making money off having a kid their mama’s STILL raising [sic],” the comment read, referring to Barbara’s custody of Jace. “Can’t wait to share my new to you this week about my case [sic],” the former MTV personality responded, adding an upside-down face emoji.
Three days later, the Lest You Read Between the Lines author hinted at her major “news,” reports began circulating that Barbara had agreed to hand over custody of Jace, leading Jenelle to take to Twitter to clear the air.
“I’m not talking about custody at all,” she tweeted with an eyeroll emoji on February 24. “That’s not what I’m announcing. Don’t listen to the media.”
Jenelle – who welcomed Jace in August 2009 with ex-boyfriend Andrew Lewis – signed over custody of her eldest son to her mother in 2010. As a teenager, the North Carolina native was involved in partying and making poor decisions.
Jenelle shares her son Kaiser with Jace. Nathan Griffith Ensley, Ensley’s little girl, and her husband David Eason. She is also the stepmother to David’s kids, Maryssa and Kaden, from previous relationships. The couple’s relationship has been rocky with Jenelle announcing in October 2019 that she had “moved away from David.” Despite rekindling their relationship, the former reality star vented about how her “narcissistic” husband ruined her 31st birthday in December 2022. It was later attributed to a small dispute, but she eventually admitted it.Fans were quick to notice that Jenelle removed her Instagram account in March 2023, and they decided to unfollow each other.
Despite her efforts to clean up her act, Jenelle and Barbara fought for Jace’s custody for more than a decade.
“I’m not restricted to when my mom says I can have my son anymore,” Jenelle told E! News After the custody agreement was amended, a visitation plan was established in 2017. “At the moment that’s all I care about. [I] Just want to spend quality time with my son. He will be home one day but today wasn’t the day, sadly.”
Two years later, however, Jenelle and David’s children were removed from the family home by CPS after David shot and killed the family’s French bulldog while the children were present in April 2019.
The mother of three was “crying in tears of joy” after a judge dismissed the custody case on July 3, 2019.
‘Teen Mom 2’ Alum Jenelle Evans Granted Full Custody of Son Jace After More Than a Decade