When an Ohio judge rules that children from a particular household should be removed from their home, he or she also makes a decision as to where and with whom said children should live. The court always has kids’ best interests in mind when making child custody decisions. However, the adults involved in such cases are not always happy with the outcome.
Reality TV star Jenelle Evans and her current spouse, David Eason, recently lost custody of their children. Several of Evans’s older children had already been living with their maternal grandmother by order of the court. The judge’s most recent decision, which involved removing custody of her 2-year-old child, as well as her husband’s 11-year-old daughter, came about after Eason reportedly killed Evans’s dog, claiming that the animal had bitten one of the kids.
Evans told reporters she and her husband are fighting to regain custody of all their children. She also said she recently called 911 for assistance when she learned that her mother had locked her 2-year-old daughter in a bedroom so that she could go take a shower. Evans says her older son, who was FaceTiming with her at the time, told her that’s what had happened when Evans asked why she could hear her daughter shrieking in the background.
Eason said he wants Child Protective Services to be notified of his mother-in-law’s actions. Whether the incident will prompt a judge to grant child custody back to him and Evans remains to be seen. The court typically believes children fare best when they are able to maintain a sense of normalcy and routine in their lives, and usually grants child custody to the parent or legal guardian who shows evidence that he or she can provide the most stable home environment. If an Ohio parent is concerned about a particular custody situation, he or her may wish to request a consultation with an experienced family law attorney for support.