Latest News on Jenelle Evans' Custody Case Shows She's More 'Teen' Than 'Mom'

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Jenelle Evans familyIt looks like Jenelle Evans is a free woman. No, her divorce from husband and jailbird Courtland Rogers hasn't come through yet (Wednesday officially marked their one-year wedding anniversary!), but the Teen Mom 2 star has managed to get her child support revoked. Jenelle's mom, Barbara Evans, has reportedly agreed to stop making her daughter pay for the care of her grandson.

Of course there is one little sticking point in all this holly, jollyness. Jenelle isn't going to pay child support anymore, but she isn't taking back custody of Jace. Which makes her, what, exactly?

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She's not her child's guardian. She doesn't live with him. She isn't on record as someone paying for his care. So she's, what, an auntie who comes over to play occasionally? A babysitter who is actually related by blood? 

This is a girl who had a warrant out for her arrest earlier this year because she was so far behind on her $130 a month child support, and now all of a sudden her mom says, "Eh, it's OK, you don't have to pay."

The whole thing is just too strange for words.

More than that, it's sad. Here's a little boy who doesn't really know what his mom thinks of him. She can't get her act together enough to take custody of him, but now she's cutting off child support too? What kind of message does this send to the child?

Not the 4-year-old -- he doesn't know who's paying for his sneakers and toys -- but to Jace in a few years when he starts getting a handle on who actually pays the bills and who actually signs his permission slips and attends his school events? How can he call Jenelle "Mom" when she really has no legal ties to him?

There is no one perfect way to deal with child custody. I know a fair amount of parents opt out of a formal child support arrangement simply because it's costly to get the courts involved. They broker a deal themselves and just pay in every month because that's being a parent -- supporting your child, even when you aren't there to give physical care. 

But considering the courts are already involved, that's surely not the case for Jenelle and Barbara. If anything, it just sounds like another chance for the almost-22-year-old to go have fun instead of fulfilling her obligations to her son. Just think what she can do with an extra $130 a month!

What do you call a parent who doesn't have custody OR pay any form of child support?

 

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nonmember avatar emily

I call her a dead beat Mom. She doesn't deserve her child

adamat34 adamat34

A visitor?? Ill never understand how parents can stomach not providing even the basics for their children. Shes worthless. That poor child deserves better.

Holly Arnold

Those people are called deadbeats

nonmember avatar Megan

A dead beat....just like my daughter's biological father

Nelli... NellieAthome

If she pays no support and has not custody then the child does have better now - he has a grandmother that loves him and is there for him. Based on past experience he and grandma will not have to deal with messy court battles in a few years when "mom" decides she wants to play at being a mother since mom has obviously renounced ALL claim to the child.

nonmember avatar Heather

i do not consider her a dead beat mom if she is trying to get herself on the right path.... jenelle reminds me of myself.... i had my daughter at 20 i did have my own place and was raisin my daughter without her father. mymom has been helpin me with my daughter. i gave my mom custody to get the help i needed for my problems i have. i will be completeing treatment on thursday next week. im doing everything i was told to do. i see my daughter i send my mom money for my daughter. but i am not required to pay child support and i dont have custody. so wld u all consider me a dead beat mother? i wouldnt consider myself that simply cause i needed some help with some issues i was having and i did what was in the best interest of my daughter she knows i am mom she sees me we talk every night.

nonmember avatar Uhyeah

Heather yes you're a deadbeat and so is Jenelle. This b*tch doesn't provide love, attention, stability, discupline and NOw not even $. DEADBEAT. What a miserable life.

If you can't be there for your child physically and emotionally... Deadbeat.

caleb... calebsmama12312

I just can't understand how she has money to go get tattoos & have her breasts enhanced but she can't pay $130 a month towards her child.. As a single mother I go without so my child could have EVERYTHING he needs & that's the way it should be, not the other way around. Also as someone who was very young when I got pregnant & had my fair share of issues with addiction, I feel if she can't straighten herself out for her child I just don't see what could motivate you more. Her focus should be that little boy not boyfriends,tattoos, & going out.

nonmember avatar mL

@Heather...you are doing more than Jenelle has been...Jenelle needs to grow up..there is no more pitty for her and no more 'well at least she's trying to get back on track"...I don't see her trying to do much of anything...then again i'm not in her shoes or her life so this is all speculation from what is read on the internet...I hope the best for her that one day she will smarten up and hopefully her mom stops enabling her so much that everyone gets back on track...but as of now..she's a "donor"...

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