Despite reports that Teen Mom 2 star Leah Messer “won” custody of her twins from Corey Simms, insiders say it was a mutual decision.
Moreover, the former spouses reached an agreement without any input from a judge, and are said to be on much better terms lately.
As we reported last week, Leah Messer and Corey Simms struck a deal last week regarding custody of the couple's twin daughters.
Given the contentious history between them - if you watch Teen Mom 2 online, you are well aware of it - this was billed as a "win" for Leah.
Yet it wasn't quite like that - and that's a good thing for all involved.
Both parties “were told that they had a few minutes to figure the situation out on their own,” a source close to Simms says, and they did just that.
"The judge then left the room and allowed them to talk alone.”
Messer, 23, and Simms, 26, the parents of 6-year-olds Ali and Aleeah, spoke “very civilly” and agreed to share custody of their daughters.
“The judge only signed off on the settlement,” the source insists, adding that when it came to Leah's custody, “He didn’t order anything.”
Now, Simms and his wife, Miranda Patterson, are dedicated to remaining on good terms with his ex-wife after years of public feuding.
Corey and Miranda, who are parents to a baby daughter, Remington, have accused Leah of abusing drugs while parenting their children.
Messer went to rehab last year for what MTV described as anxiety and depression (and subsequently divorced Jeremy Calvert).
Time, and treatment have apparently healed this rift.
Simms and Messer have agreed to abide by a shared plan, splitting custody of the twin girls almost equally, and co-parenting together.
For all the reunion show squabbling, cheating accusations and shade-throwing on Twitter, it looks like they're all in a very good place.
“Corey and Miranda think Leah is doing much better now, which makes it easier for them to get along with her,” the insider explains.
“They’re praying Leah stays on a good path ... Corey never wanted to take the girls away from ... he felt it was in the girls’ best interest.”