‘Teen Mom 2’: Will Jenelle Evans and David Eason Battle Over Custody of Ensley?

Jenelle Evans has finally done the one thing her fans have been begging her to do for more than a year; she is divorcing David Eason. Now that Evans’ self-preservation instincts have kicked in, everything seems to be falling into place nicely. Rumors are swirling that the mother of three will be returning to Teen Mom 2, and she even seems to be repairing her tattered co-parenting relationship with Nathan Griffith. Everything might not be right as rain just yet, though. Based on recent social media posts, it’s likely that the divorce will get nasty, and a custody battle could be in the cards.

David Eason alleges that Maryssa is a lot happier without Jenelle around

A judge ordered Eason to stay away from Evans and her children. The judge also ordered the father of three to refrain from public social media posts about his former love. While he is seemingly abiding by the first part of the order, he isn’t taking the second part of the request seriously. In recent days, Eason has ramped up his social media usage, and he has his sights set on Evans.  

Glad u people think I am taking this so hard. Just so u all know I am so very much happier and so is Maryssa! Finally peaceful!

Posted by David Eason on Tuesday, November 19, 2019

A recent Facebook post was exceptionally cold. Not only did he claim to have never loved the MTV personality, but he claims his daughter, Maryssa, is much better off without her. Maryssa, 11, is currently in the custody of Eason and has been for a few years. Her stepfather, Shane Rich, has spoken out against Eason in the past, but a judge has left the custody agreement in place.

David has battled for custody of his other two children

While Eason’s troubling behavior is well-documented, it hasn’t stopped him from fighting for custody of his other children. Eason took Whitney Johnson to court back in 2017 to gain primary custody of Maryssa. Until then, the girl had resided with her mother and grandmother. An emergency custody order was granted in that case, and eventually, the placement was made permanent.  

Eason has also attempted to fight for custody of his 5-year-old son, Kaden. The boy resides with his mother, Olivia Leedham. Leedham has spoken out against Eason multiple times since the news broke that he shot and killed the family dog. It has not stopped him from fighting for custody of the boy, though. Leedham recently took to social media to ask people to help her fund her legal defense. She alleges her goal is to protect her son from his unstable father. Leedham had an order of protection against Eason in the past.

Would a judge really grant him custody of the 2-year-old?

Fans are concerned with how the custody battle could go. Many are wondeirng if a judge would possibly grant Eason custody of the young girl he shares with Evans. Several have pointed to Maryssa’s placement as evidence that it could happen. There is one major problem with a potential custody battle, though. Eason is allegedly entirely out of money, according to Radar Online.

Jenelle Evans and David Eason pose at the Cosmopolitan New York Fashon Week
Jenelle Evans and David Eason | Bruce Glikas/Getty Images

Eason has not worked since he met Evans, save for a short stint on Teen Mom 2, a gig he obviously got because of Evans. It has been theorized that any money used for his custody battles in the past have come directly from Evans. Now that he’ll be battling her in court, it’s unlikely he’ll have the capital to mount a solid case.

Eason has not mentioned what he plans to do when it comes to custody of Ensley, though. As of now, the toddler is living with her mother out of state. Evans is said to have fled North Carolina in fear for her life. She took Ensley and her 5-year-old son, Kaiser, with her. Evans’ eldest son, Jace, is still in the care of his grandmother, Barbara Evans.