In 2009, Ryan first made his debut on MTV's 16 and Pregnant, expecting his first child with then-girlfriend Maci Bookout. After going their separate ways in 2010, they remained stars of Teen Mom until 2021 when the show bid farewell to him and his family members. However, after a decade apart from Bentley (his eldest son), he visited again last month for an emotional reunion on Teen Mom: Family Reunion where he expressed a desire to mend his relationship with his son.
Ryan met his Mackenzie at a gym in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and after dating for several years of dating, the gym buddies got engaged in December 2016. They wed just five months late. Their family expanded as they welcomed a son and daughter in 2018 and 2020.
Ryan & Mackenzie Edwards Divorcing
Edward’s wife, Mackenzie, filed for divorce on Monday, February 27th, and she was immediately awarded temporary custody and a restraining order. This news follows Ryan Edward’s removal from their home because of a protective order Mackenzie requested.
She requested the order after Ryan shared intimate photos of Mackenzie online and posted them online shaming her for alleged cheating on him. She also told police that multiple instances of domestic violence had occurred between them. To be specific, she said during an argument in January that Ryan:
- Punched holes in the walls and doors.
- Held her up by her neck against a wall.
- Threw her down in the hallway.
- Threatened her by saying that if he couldn’t have her, none could.
- Held a pocket knife to her back in front of their kids.
- Smashed her phone and took her car keys when she tried to leave.
Then, in a separate instance, Mackenzie claimed Ryan threatened to punch her in the face and threw menthol nicotine in her eyes. Police officers also claim that Ryan made threats against his wife during a phone conversation; the conversation was recorded, and Ryan is heard telling his wife, “What’s about to happen to you is gonna be ugly,” after she expressed wishes to separate. In his online posts about his wife, Ryan also refers to Mackenzie as a “spineless slut,” “someone who stays out in bars and goes home with other guys,” and receiving money for sleeping with men.
Mackenzie blames their divorce on his addiction and abusive behavior. During an episode of Teen Mom OG, viewers saw Ryan struggle to drive and maintain focus on the road while driving to their wedding ceremony as he was intoxicated.
Ryan has struggled with substance abuse issues for years, as his relationship with Bookout ended in 2010 because of co-parenting struggles and addiction issues. In an interview, Bookout told reporters that Ryan was absent from his son’s life and doesn’t see him much, and in 2018, she and her family (her husband and two children, not including her son with Ryan) were awarded a two-year restraining order against Ryan. While the order is no longer valid, it was filed for similar reasons that Mackenzie asked for protective orders, as he sent Bookout and family threatening messages.
Ryan has also had several run-ins with the law before. In March 2018, he was arrested for violating his probation (on a heroin-related offense). He also spent a few months in jail that year.
Ryan Edwards Arrested for Stalking & Violating a Protection Order
On March 1st, Edwards was arrested for stalking and a violation of an order of protection in Hamilton County, Tennessee. As of today, the name of the alleged victim has not been released.
Ryan has had a tumultuous year, as the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office recently issued an Order of Protection on February 9th. This order required him to leave his wife’s residence immediately. Police apprehended Ryan at his workplace after discovering that he had disregarded the Order of Protection and was wanted for harassment as he contacted Mackenzie’s father (which was in direct defiance of the order).
After his arrest, Ryan was searched and was allegedly found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia as well as two alleged bags of narcotics. Facing charges of harassment, possession of a controlled substance, violation of an order of protection, and more, he posted bail before being due back in court this April.
Can an Arrest Record or Criminal History Affect a Pennsylvania Divorce?
In Pennsylvania, an arrest record or criminal history can influence the outcome of a divorce. Depending on the severity of the crime and the circumstances surrounding it, a judge may take this into consideration when making decisions regarding child custody, alimony, and other important aspects of the divorce.
For example, if one spouse has been convicted of a violent crime or has a long criminal history, they may be deemed unfit to receive custody or visitation rights. Additionally, if one spouse has been convicted of fraud or financial crimes, they may not be allowed to receive alimony payments from their former partner.
It is important to note that Pennsylvania does not consider criminal records when determining fault in a divorce. This means that even if one spouse has committed a crime, it will not affect who is at fault for the dissolution of the marriage. However, criminal convictions can be used as evidence in certain cases such as domestic violence or adultery.
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While an arrest record or criminal history can affect the outcome of a Pennsylvania divorce. Our firm is knowledgeable regarding this matter and can advise you on your legal options.To find out more about our services or take the first step towards filing for divorce, please reach out to us at (888) 863-9115 or visit us online today. We look forward to hearing from you!