The former "Teen Mom" Amber Portwood has been released from prison and has been doing well since being back home in her Indiana town. However, on Jan. 3 Perez Hilton reports that Gary Shirley, Amber's ex-boyfriend and father of her daughter, says that he isn't sharing custody because he doesn't want to make things hard for himself.
When Amber chose to go to jail to save her own life over rehab that she has failed previously, she signed away custody of her daughter, Leah, so that she wouldn't end up going into foster care. Gary now has full custody and says that he doesn't plan on giving it up. Unfortunately for Gary, if Amber chooses to fight for it, it's not up to him at all. He has been allowing Amber to see her, and even allowing a few over night visits, which he doesn't have to do. However, anyone that has seen the "Teen Mom" series that featured Gary and Amber, everyone knows that Gary likes to use their daughter as leverage over Amber to get what he wants from her, a huge driving force in Amber's drug use.
Gary says this about his decision to not allow joint custody, which to many, prove that he hasn't grown up much in the 17 months that Amber's been in jail. He says;
“Well, everyone knows that she went to jail for drugs and stuff. I’m not saying that she’ll ever get back into that, but I hear stories of how easy it is [to relapse] because that pressure is always there. . I don’t want to screw myself over [by agreeing to joint custody] and then have to fight for Leah. So I think it’s going to stay the way it is, just to protect Leah.”
While Gary is correct that relapse can easily occur in an addict, the fact that he is a huge part of Amber's problem is something that he doesn't seem to want to admit.
Do you think that Amber should regain some custody of her daughter if she can prove herself and stay on the right track?