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Reality star Leah Messer could be facing new custody battle

Tennessee residents may know Leah Messer and Jeremy Calvert from their appearances on the popular reality television show 'Teen Mom 2." The show deals with the challenges faced by young parents, and it details the difficulties that Messer has had to cope with as she tries to raise her children. Messer's personal problems led to her losing custody of her 2-year-old twins to her first husband Corey Simms in October 2015, and several media sources are speculating that Calvert, who is the father of 2-year-old Adalynn, is thinking about seeking full custody of his daughter due to concerns over the child's welfare.

Calvert and Messer married in April 2012, and Adalynn was born in February 2013. The fifth season of the MTV reality show detailed the problems in the couple's relationship and its eventual collapse. Calvert filed for divorce in November 2014. Television audiences often witnessed the couple argue over the long absences caused by Calvert's employment as a pipe fitter, which was one of the reasons that Messer was awarded primary custody of Adalynn.

Simms was awarded primary custody of the twins after convincing a judge that Messer was not providing adequate care. One of the twins suffers from muscular dystrophy. Friends of Calvert say that he is considering taking legal action after hearing reports that police discovered his daughter wandering the streets. He is reported to be seeking employment that would allow him to spend more time with his daughter.

Child custody disputes can become heated and contentious, and it is often difficult for parents to put their personal differences aside. Experienced family law attorneys may point out that courts will consider what is in the best interests of the child when making these decisions, but the outcome of a custody dispute involving a parent who allegedly neglects a child and one who is often absent may be difficult to predict.

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