Have you seen Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp? Palin’s baby daddy Levi Johnston has, and he’s so displeased with Palin’s parenting techniques that he has declared his intentions to seek full custody of son Tripp.
Tripp, born in 2008, apparently displays very unruly behavior on the show and even goes so far as to call his aunt “the f-word” in one episode. Palin declares she is “doing a terrible job disciplining Tripp” in that same episode, and a TMZ article from earlier today says:
…Now, Levi’s had enough — telling TMZ, he’s been watching the show and is ‘disgusted’ by his son’s language and behavior. Levi says his son is on a ‘downward spiral’ and getting ‘no real parenting.’
Levi tells us, Tripp ‘deserves a better family’ than what Bristol and the rest of the Palins are providing — adding, ‘I love my son more than anything…and I will do whatever it takes to make sure he is raised the right way.’
Johnston will have to file an order modification request in order to change the current parenting plan, a step TMZ says he is already preparing to take. If he goes through with seeking full custody, his petition need to demonstrate why he believes the present parenting plan is not in Tripp’s best interest. A family court judge would decide whether or not to modify the present custody arrangements based on the evidence presented by Johnston and any information Palin provides to defend herself.
As a Virginia child custody lawyer could tell you, ongoing custody wars are seldom good, but this is not the first Johnston/Palin showdown in family court over custody of Tripp. Back in 2009, Palin petitioned for full custody, whereas Johnston sought shared custody. Johnston prevailed in early 2010.
Life’s a Tripp premiered on Lifetime in June this year and was meant to showcase Palin’s life raising Tripp in Alaska. It received largely negative reviews and has already been sued twice.