'Teen Mom' Check-In: Maci Tells Why She Finally Split With Ryan

After a long time of getting dumped on by her baby's father, we discovered on tonight's "Teen Mom" premiere that Maci had (sigh of relief) broken up with Ryan for good. We wanted to hear what put the final nail in the coffin, so we reached out to Maci for her thoughts on everything that came to light during the first episode. Check out our follow-up with the teen mom below.

Managing school, work and Bentley is as tough and confusing as it looks on TV. It is exhausting. But I know how to work hard, and I know I need to provide for my son and myself. I keep my priorities in line, push through it and realize that it will all be worth it in the end. My parents, along with Ryan and his parents, allow me to keep up with all of the things I do, like school and work, and I don't know if I could do it without them.

As for my relationship with Ryan ... he and I had gone through so much, but we weren't making it. I eventually realized that he wasn't going to be my life partner -- things just weren't the way they should have been. I knew we would always have to be parents together, but there was no way for us to live our lives together.

Even though we couldn't make it as a couple, I'd never want to take Ryan away from Bentley. I know they both need the relationship. I always want what's best for Bentley, and he needs to see and spend time with his father. That said, I was satisfied with the court ruling for child support; it was what I deserved and also fair for Ryan.