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Amber Portwood responds to losing custody of her son James

Amber Portwood says she will ‘never stop fighting’ for her children as she reacts to losing custody of her son James: ‘A person should have a chance to redeem themselves’

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Amber Portwood vowed to ‘never stop fighting’ for her children after losing custody of her four-year-old son James.

The Teen Mom OG star, 32, responded to a court order granting her ex Andrew Glennon sole legal and physical custody of her children in a statement provided to Us Weekly.

“I have worked so hard to improve myself and improve my relationships with my children,” she told the publication in a statement. ‘While I have always been honest about my past substance abuse and struggles with mental illness, a person should have the opportunity to redeem themselves and not be tied to their past issues.’

‘A person should have the chance to redeem themselves’: Amber Portwood vowed to ‘never stop fighting’ for her children after losing custody of her four-year-old son James; pictured 2017

‘I spent years rebuilding bridges and did everything that was required of me, including submitting to 21 negative drug tests and undergoing multiple psychological evaluations, if your road hasn’t been perfect, but you’ve worked hard for a better one , to become more stable and caring person today, keep moving forward as I want. I will never stop fighting for my children who I love more than anything,’ she added.

The statement comes after an Indianapolis judge granted Glennon sole legal and primary physical custody of her child, according to a report from The sun on Wednesday.

Additionally, the judge granted 38-year-old Glennon’s request to move with James from Amber’s home state of Indiana to his family California.

According to the outlet, the judge ordered Glennon to ‘seek and consider the mother’s opinion before making major decisions regarding the child’s medical treatment, education and religion.’

The latest: An Indianapolis judge granted Glennon sole legal and primary physical custody of her children, according to a report by The Sun on Wednesday

The latest: An Indianapolis judge granted Glennon sole legal and primary physical custody of her children, according to a report by The Sun on Wednesday

The latest: An Indianapolis judge granted Glennon sole legal and primary physical custody of her children, according to a report by The Sun on Wednesday

Sole custody: Additionally, the judge granted 38-year-old Glennon's request to move with James from Amber's home state of Indiana to his family in California

Sole custody: Additionally, the judge granted 38-year-old Glennon's request to move with James from Amber's home state of Indiana to his family in California

Sole custody: Additionally, the judge granted 38-year-old Glennon’s request to move with James from Amber’s home state of Indiana to his family in California

Portwood and Glennon were both ordered to undergo monthly drug screenings for the next six months with the television personality also ordered to ‘participate in individual counseling with the counselor of their choice and follow any recommendations made by the counselor.’

However, the judge approved a new arrangement that will allow Portwood to have overnight visits with James for the first time since 2019.

The new arrangement will be rolled out in incremental phases and will begin with three days a month of visitation for Amber alternating between California and Indiana.

Order: Per the outlet, the judge ordered Glennon to 'seek and consider the mother's opinion before making major decisions regarding the child's medical treatment, education and religion.'

Order: Per the outlet, the judge ordered Glennon to 'seek and consider the mother's opinion before making major decisions regarding the child's medical treatment, education and religion.'

Order: Per the outlet, the judge ordered Glennon to ‘seek and consider the mother’s opinion before making major decisions regarding the child’s medical treatment, education and religion.’

The former couple’s feud began in July 2019 when Portwood was arrested and charged with two counts of domestic battery and one count of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon after she was accused of assaulting Glennon while he was holding James.

In October 2019, Portwood pleaded guilty to two felony charges of domestic battery and intimidation. She was sentenced to 906 days of probation and ordered to attend 26 weeks of parenting classes.

The 16 and Pregnant alum and Glennon began dating in 2017 and welcomed James in May 2018.

Teen mum: Amber is also mum to 13-year-old daughter Leah Leann, who she shares with ex Gary Shirley, 35

Teen mum: Amber is also mum to 13-year-old daughter Leah Leann, who she shares with ex Gary Shirley, 35

Teen mum: Amber is also mum to 13-year-old daughter Leah Leann, who she shares with ex Gary Shirley, 35

Amber is also mother to 13-year-old daughter Leah Leann, who she shares with her ex Gary Shirley, 35.

Portwood has a long history of legal trouble that includes felony convictions for inflicting a domestic battery on Shirley and drug possession.

After news of the custody ruling broke on Wednesday, the Marriage Boot Camp star took to Instagram Live to share her thoughts.

According to Page SixAmber, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder, slammed the court’s decision saying her mental illness was being ‘used’ against her.

She vowed to stay ‘positive’ and ‘fight this’ while telling her fans that she was working to improve herself and should not be punished for ‘past’ mistakes.

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