Things between Leah and Corey sure escalated quickly on this season of ‘Teen Mom 2,’ but why? Here’s why I think Corey shouldn’t be trying to take their twin girls away from Leah.
Leah Messer, 22, is undergoing her worst nightmare on the second-half of the fifth season of Teen Mom 2. Her ex-husband, Corey Simms, 24, is trying to gain custody of their twin girls, Ali and Aleeah Simms, 4, after they have been in Leah’s hands since their divorce. The battle came almost out of nowhere, and I really think what Corey is doing is totally uncalled for.
‘Teen Mom 2’: Leah & Corey Shouldn’t Be Battling For Twins
Any situation in which a divorced couple has to share time with their children is a difficult one, but Leah and Corey’s has definitely seen better days.
Towards the end of Teen Mom 2‘s fifth season, Corey decided to seek legal custody of their two girls, Ali and Aleeah, from Leah and her second husband, Jeremy Calvert.
Now, obviously what we see on weekly episodes is edited down to it’s most dramatic format. But, as an avid watched of TM2, I have to say that I think this move was incredibly spiteful on Corey’s behalf — and I think it has a lot to do with the fact that he is in denial over Ali’s muscular dystrophy.
One of the things that keeps popping up as Leah and Corey go back-and-forth with their lawyers is having the legal right to handle the girls’ healthcare. This is particularly important for Leah, because Corey has such a lazy attitude about their daughter’s diagnosis. Meanwhile, even though it’s been difficult for Leah as well, she has really taken the bull by the horns to make sure Ali is receiving the best medical treatment she can.
As you might remember, Corey had a lot of difficulty dealing with Ali’s diagnosis once it was officially confirmed by her doctor. He had even more difficulty accepting the fact that Ali needed to use a wheelchair from time-to-time, because he thought it would just make her weaker than she already is.
No parent should ever have to deal with something so traumatic, because all parents just want their children to be happy and healthy no matter what. However, Corey is being selfish by not accepting Ali’s diagnosis. If he could just accept it, that would be so much more beneficial not just for him, but more importantly for Ali.
If her own father can’t face the fact that she has muscular dystrophy, how is she going to deal with it when she gets older?
Corey’s Custody Battle Started Over Ali’s Wheelchair
Things between Leah and Corey were fine up until it was revealed that Ali needed a wheelchair. Corey couldn’t handle the idea of his little girl needing to use a powered chair from time-to-time, and when they encountered issues getting approval from his health insurance he put in the bare minimum effort trying to get it resolved.
In fact, Ali had to borrow a wheelchair from her physical therapist so that she had one while she continued to wait for her own — a custom pink wheelchair she picked out with Leah.
Once Leah finally found the courage to confront Corey about the wheelchair issue, things took a turn for the worse. The wheelchair ended up being the catalyst for Corey to seek legal custody of the girls, so that he can make their decisions.
He is their father, and he deserves the right to be as involved in their lives and medical issues as much as Leah does, but these two need to be working together. Right now, they are headed in opposite directions, and the cold hard truth is that their differences are not going to benefit their little girls unless they put them aside.
In the past, Leah has suggested that she and Jeremy seek family counseling for their relationship troubles. Maybe she was onto something, but maybe it’s Leah and Corey, as well as their significant others, who should be sitting down in family therapy together instead.
No matter what happens between Leah and Corey, I really, truly hope that they put their girls first. Ali and Aleeah’s happiness should be more important than anything else.
Tell me, HollywoodLifers — What do YOU think about Leah and Corey’s custody battle? Do you agree or disagree with me? Comment below with your thoughts!
— Lauren Cox