If you watch Teen Mom 2 online, you probably already know that Jenelle Evans and her infamous mother, Barbara Evans, don’t enjoy the closest of mother-daughter bonds.
In fact, we’re not sure if they’ve ever had a conversation that didn’t escalate into a full-throated screaming match.
Jenelle’s eldest son, Jace, has lived with Barbara his entire life, but over the past year, Jenelle has ramped up her efforts to be awarded sole physical custody of the 7-year-old.
Last year, Jenelle boasted about “fighting two custody battles at once,” one with Barbara, the other with her Nathan Griffith, the father of her second child.
Despite frequently and publicly exercising poor judgment (such as when she boasted about fighting two custody battles at once on social media), Jenelle was successful in her efforts to limit Griffith’s parental rights.
She’s had no such luck in her battle with Babs.
On last night’s episode of Teen Mom 2, Jenelle and Barbara once again had it out over what’s best for Jace, but this time, there were lawyers present.
Both of the Evans women gave depositions, with Jenelle reportedly answering difficult questions about her lengthy arrest record and past issues with substance abuse and violence.
(Cameras weren’t allowed in the courtroom, but Jenelle’s lawyer congratulated her on her grace under pressure.)
But while we didn’t get to see Jenelle plead her case in front of the judge, we did get to hear her share her thoughts on the Babs situation when her conversations with David Eason and friends.
Jenelle talks about her strained relationship with her mother just about every week, but this time around, she really went in, at one point going so far as to claim that Barbara only wants custody of Jace because of the money she gets from MTV.
It was a low blow that didn’t entirely make sense (Barbara would likely continue to appear on the show and receive a salary, even if she lost custody of Jace.), but it’s not like Babs took the high road.
In fact, Jenelle says she told the judge she has doubts about Eason’s trustworthiness (but was unable to offer any specifics as to why) and described Jenelle’s economic situation as “unstable.”
Now, there are a lot or criticisms that can be fairly leveled at Jenelle Evans.
(See: The aforementioned arrest record and lengthy history of substance abuse.)
But it’s tough to argue that the girl’s financial situation is anything less than solid.
She’s been earning a six-figure salary from MTV since before Jace entered the world, to say nothing of her many other revenue streams.
Jenelle might be insane – but she’s also insanely well-off.
Of course, thus far that hasn’t been enough to convince the judge that she’s capable of providing a stable environment for Jace, and that seems unlikely to change any time soon.