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Amber Portwood's custody battle

Some Californians may have heard about TV personality Amber Portwood's child custody case revolving around her young daughter. Close on the heels of winning custody of her daughter, Portwood became embroiled in rumors surrounding the revelation that her boyfriend, fellow celebrity Matt Baier, has seven children. The revelation occurred on Portwood's 'Teen Mom" reality show, in which another cast member broke the news to reporters.

Portwood responded to online criticism in defense of Baier, although the media has reported that it is unclear whether she knew about the size of his family before the show. The reality star took to Twitter and expressed her intentions to remain with Baier regardless of his family size scandal. She was also been involved in a legal dispute with Gary Shirley, her former fiance, until an agreement was reached.

Shirley received custody of his and Portwood's daughter after she received felony domestic battery charges for alleged violence against Shirley. In an uncommon act for such cases, Portwood requested a jail sentence to help with her drug addiction. She was sentenced to five years, but she was released after serving 17 months instead. The actress has reportedly overcome her substance addiction issues, but she nonetheless faced an intense custody dispute with her ex-fiance.

Substance abuse issues can complicate any divorce, since they often raise questions as to the fitness of one parent. A family law attorney may be able to assist with custody modification that keeps the best interest of the child in mind. Judges also consider each parent's relationship with the children when making a child custody order, but having representation by a family law attorney can ensure that a divorcing parent's rights are protected as well.

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