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Teen Mom Amber Portwood ‘ready to fight’ ex Andrew Glennon in court trial after mediation fails in custody battle

TEEN Mom OG Amber Portwood and her ex Andrew Glennon have been locked in a heated custody battle, and after their most recent failed attempt at resolution in mediation – the pair will likely head to trial.  

The former pair share 3-year-old son James.

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Teen Mom Amber Portwood has been locked in a bitter custody battle with her ex Andrew GlennonCredit: MTV
Andrew gained custody over their 3-year-old son James in 2019 following Amber's arrest for domestic violence

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Andrew gained custody over their 3-year-old son James in 2019 following Amber’s arrest for domestic violenceCredit: Instagram
Amber's recent requests for overnight visits have been denied- the case could now head to trial

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Amber’s recent requests for overnight visits have been denied- the case could now head to trialCredit: instagram

A source exclusively revealed to The Sun: “The last mediation they had didn’t go favorably for Amber.  

“They’ve been trying to work out an agreement in mediation but they just haven’t been able to get anything settled. Now, this is likely headed for trial.” 

The insider added: “Amber is doing really well, it’s hard because she isn’t even allowed overnight visits.” 

The 31-year-old Teen Mom star and her ex-boyfriend have been fighting over custody of their son James since 2019. 

Amber was arrested for domestic violence in 2019 following an altercation with Andrew

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Amber was arrested for domestic violence in 2019 following an altercation with AndrewCredit: Refer to Caption
Andrew was granted primary physical custody of James in 2019

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Andrew was granted primary physical custody of James in 2019Credit: MTV

Andrew, 37, was granted primary physical custody of their toddler after Amber was arrested for domestic violence against him in July 2019.  

The exes share joint legal custody, allowing the Teen Mom OG star three unsupervised visits a week with James. 

The MTV star filed a petition to modify parenting time, requesting overnight visitation with James.  

A judge ruled on Amber’s request in February by ordering the two to resolve their parenting issues out of court and in mediation within 60 days of the order.  

A source tells The Sun Amber is in a good place these days

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A source tells The Sun Amber is in a good place these daysCredit: Getty

In court papers exclusively obtained by The Sun, the mediation that took place on May 24 was “unsuccessful.” 

Amber does have the option to request a court hearing in the custody case.  

In Amber’s request, she claimed there has been a “change in circumstances” that “warrant” an adjustment to their custody agreement.  

She claimed that according to Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines, parenting time is increased to include overnights when the child turns 3. 

Amber has been fighting for more time with James in mediation

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Amber has been fighting for more time with James in mediationCredit: MTV

Amber claimed it is in the “best interest” of James that “the current parenting time be modified to include overnight parenting time.” 

Though Amber didn’t receive more time with her son, she did have a victory in their court war. 

Amber previously claimed in court papers that Andrew went against their custody agreement by refusing to let her see their son the week of Christmas.  

The TV star also claimed Andrew failed to complete the necessary intake documents and pay the retainer for the Parenting Time Coordinator. 

She requested Andrew be “held in contempt of court,” which could result in jail time or a fine, for failing to follow the court’s order.  

The Sun previously reported that an Indiana judge sided with Amber, as Andrew was found in contempt of court for her January 6, 2020 and December 23, 2020 filings. 

Amber has argued in mediation that more time with her is in James' best interest

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Amber has argued in mediation that more time with her is in James’ best interestCredit: Instagram

He was ordered to pay a fine of $250 for each.  

He was also ordered to pay $500 toward Amber’s Attorney fees within 30 days of the court order. 

Amber claimed in the court papers that Andrew entered into Our Family Wizard, which is a co-parenting app, that he will be traveling for Christmas from December 22 to December 27.  

According to the December 23, 2020 court filing, Amber was supposed to have James from noon to 9pm on Christmas Day and on the same hours on the second-half of Christmas break.  

The documents alleged: “[Andrew] has failed to comply with this court’s order to initiate the services of the Parenting Time Coordinator and [Andrew] is again attempting to deny [Amber] holiday parenting time over Christmas vacation, in violation of this Court’s Order.” 

Amber also lost custody of her daughter Leah Shirley, whom she shares with ex Gary

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Amber also lost custody of her daughter Leah Shirley, whom she shares with ex GaryCredit: Instagram @realamberportwood1__
Amber lost custody of her daughter following an arrest for domestic violence against Gary

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Amber lost custody of her daughter following an arrest for domestic violence against GaryCredit: MTV

She claimed in court documents that he denied her holiday parenting time on October 31, 2019 and December 24, 2019, as well, although this motion was dismissed at the time. 

Andrew fought back against her claims by filing a series of allegations in opposition to Amber’s request.  

In one court filing, Andrew provided a calendar from October, November and December 2020.  

In the month of October, according to the calendars, Amber allegedly asked to postpone visitation with James three times over “poor weather,” twice because she felt sick and once because her dog felt ill.  

For November, she allegedly requested they postpone visitation twice because she felt sick and once because of the weather. Andrew postponed twice because James was ill. 

Amber is also mom to daughter Leah, 12, with ex-fiancé Gary Shirley.  

On the latest season of the MTV show, Leah told her mother she didn’t want to work on their relationship because she has been inconsistent in her life.  

Amber is currently on the outs with Gary as well, as she accused him and his wife Kristina of not pushing Leah to make amends with her. 

Teen Mom Amber Portwood slams ‘ignorant’ people who ‘judge’ for past as she remains estranged from daughter Leah, 12