Teen Mom star Ryan Edwards' wife Mackenzie BEGS judge to deny ex’s request to take away full custody of son

TEEN Mom OG star Ryan Edwards’ wife Mackenzie begged a Tennessee judge to deny her ex’s request to take away full custody of their son. 

Mackenzie, 24, has primary custody of her son Hudson, 6, who she shares with ex-husband Zachary Stephens. 

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Zach requested 50/50 custody of Hudson, as she currently has their son for 209 days of the year, while he has him for the remaining 156.

In court papers exclusively obtained by The Sun, Mackenzie has responded by demanding the judge “dismiss” his request for joint custody.

As The Sun previously reported, Zach claimed in court papers that since their custody agreement in November 2016, a “material and substantial change” has occurred that “affects” Hudson.

In Mackenzie’s response, she denied there has been a “material and substantial change” and “demanded strict proof” of the allegation. 


The court papers filed on January 15 explain that Mackenzie “remarried” and welcomed two children. 

Zach alleged he “has the minor child for the majority of the parenting time.”

The court documents claim: “Upon information and belief, during Mother’s designated parenting time, the child spends the majority of the parenting time with the child’s maternal grandparents.”

Mackenzie denied Hudson is mainly with Zach and her parents, and “demanded strict proof” of his claim.

He also mentioned how Mackenzie has a “prominent role” on Teen Mom OG and that Hudson is “regularly featured.”

Zach alleged: “Father believes that the minor child’s involvement with the television program may be detrimental to the welfare and well-being of the minor child.”

Mackenzie denied the MTV show has negatively impacted their son. 

He continued to claim that Mackenzie has “decision-authority” regarding Hudson and is required to consult with her ex, but that she “has made many decisions” without his input, which she denied in her response. 

Mackenzie’s ex-husband also provided a proposed parenting plan, where they would both have Hudson for 182.5 days of the year. 

He is requesting they share major decisions including educational, religious, extracurricular activities and non-emergency health care.

Zach also requested she pay child support to him. 

In Mackenzie’s response, she admitted she is “able and capable of providing support.”

This comes after The Sun previously reported Mackenzie filed a petition for contempt in July 2020, claiming he owes her $3,185 in back child support.  

As part of their 2017 agreement, Zach is ordered to pay Mackenzie $245 a month in child support for Hudson. 

Mackenzie claimed in court papers that he “has had the ability to pay his child support obligation,” but has “intentionally and willfully refused to meet his court-ordered obligation.”

Mackenzie demanded he be found liable on 13 counts of criminal contempt and 13 counts of civil contempt and be fined for each. 

The Teen Mom OG star also demanded he be jailed until he has paid the back child support. 

A court hearing was held in the case in early December, though a clerk for the Tennessee court could not confirm the outcome. 

Zach claimed to The Sun at the time that the petition had been “withdrawn.”

Mackenzie and Zach got married in September 2013 when she was five months pregnant with their son. 

She filed for divorce in July 2016 and their divorce was finalized in November 2016.

In December, Mackenzie appeared to slam her baby daddy on Instagram. 

She posted a quote on her Instagram Story that read: “Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation and emotional abuse. The gaslight avoids responsibility for their toxic behavior by lying and denying and making you question facts, your memory and your feelings. 

“Basically, the Gaslighter makes you feel crazy and confused. Know this now: You’re NOT crazy. You’re being manipulated AND this is TOXIC and NOT ACCEPTABLE.”


Mackenzie wrote on the quote: “If your co-parenting relationship looks like this – you too are being gas lit. You’re welcome.”

Though the post comes amid her husband’s feud with his baby mama Maci Bookout, Mackenzie insisted the post is not about them. 

She wrote in the Instagram comments: “Ya’ll realize I have a child with someone else right? This has absolutely nothing to do with the show or the people on it lol.”

As for Ryan and Maci, their son Bentley, 12, refused to see his father until he agreed to go to therapy with him to work on their strained relationship. 

Teen Mom OG – Season 9

Season 9 was filmed as the outbreak of coronavirus hit America.

Who's in the cast this season?

  • Amber Portwood
  • Catelynn Lowell
  • Cheyenne Floyd
  • Maci Bookout McKinney
  • Mackenzie McKee

Who are their boyfriends, husbands and baby daddies?

  • Amber Portwood's boyfriend Dimitri Garcia
  • Catelynn Lowell's husband Tyler Baltierra
  • Cheyenne Floyd's ex-boyfriend Cory Wharton
  • Maci Bookout's husband Taylor McKinney
  • Mackenzie McKee's husband Josh McKee

Teen Mom OG 's season nine aired on January 26th 2021 on MTV.

Earlier this week, Maci took to Twitter to fuel her feud with her baby daddy, as she "liked" a tweet that read: "Ryan and Mac are so delusional! Bentley is so wise beyond his years. I love that he has set boundaries and maci and Taylor support him.”

When Ryan called Maci a “spiteful evil b***h” because Bentley didn’t want to go to his brother Jagger’s birthday at their home, Maci tweeted: "I really wanted to post some 'petty b*tch' (and hilarious) comments, but I'll wait until they can tell me the definition of 'petty' without googling it and reading it aloud.” 

Fans are also speculating that Ryan, who has struggled with heroin abuse in the past, may have relapsed after he appeared “high” on this week’s episode. 

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