A custody battle over Sarah Palin’s grandson is getting nasty. A judge says that details of the dispute between Palin’s daughter Bristol and the baby’s father Levi Johnston cannot be kept confidential, even though Bristol asked to keep those details secret on grounds they’d promote a media circus that might embarrass her son Tripp when he gets older. Also denied denied was Bristol request to use pseudonyms – Jane and John Doe – in all filings. Bristol has petitioned for child support, and full legal and physical custody of their son, claiming that Levi “is not yet mature enough to take on significant parental responsibilities.” Levi wants shared custody, and open court proceedings to ensure everyone would behave and play by the rules, mainly grandmother Sarah.
“I do not feel protected against Sarah Palin in a closed proceeding. I know that public scrutiny will simplify this matter and act as a check against anyone’s need to be overly vindictive, aggressive or malicious, not that Bristol would ever be that way, nor that I would. But her mother is powerful, politically ambitious and has a reputation for being extremely vindictive . . . So, I think a public case might go a long way in reducing Sarah Palin’s instinct to attack and allow the real parties in this litigation, Bristol and I, to work things out a lot more peacefully than we could if there is any more meddling from Sarah Palin.”
Bristol responded in a sworn statement that Levi’s assertions and fears about vindictiveness and meddling are off base.
“None of this is true; my mother is not involved in this case, except as a grandmother,” she said in her statement.
Bristols’ petition also seeks a visitation schedule for Levi, who she says has exercised “sporadic visitation rights.” Well honey, its kinda hard for him to visit when he’s chasing your mama’s book tour bus all over the country to have a couple of minutes with his son! Levi previously said that the Palin family had “pushed him over the edge” when it came to his visits with Tripp, coming up with excuse after excuse as to why he couldn’t see his son. Bristol also asks that Levi’s mother, Sherry Johnston, should not be allowed unsupervised visits with the baby following her drug arrest. Sherry was sentenced last month on a guilty plea to one count of possession with intent to deliver the painkiller OxyContin and is serving out most of her three year sentence under home confinement. Bristol’s custody petition also claims Levi may have his own issues with substance abuse, saying he made statements about seeking “weed” on Twitter. He denies the accusations, saying the Twitter account “is a fraud” and that he doesn’t have an account on the site. In addition, Bristol says Levi’s recent semi-nude pictures in Playgirl magazine has led to speculation over his ability to raise Tripp in a healthy environment.
Sounds to me like Bristol is trying to grasp at straws here!
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