Did Bristol Palin lose custody of her son, Tripp?
According to Sarah Palin’s daughter — and the law — yes, but only technically. Bristol lost “full” custody only. Simply put, after the long and nasty battle with Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston, a judge awarded the father joint custody, which means they will co-parent, according to New York Daily News.
Johnston, 25, posted a Facebook update on Wednesday about his custody fight with Palin. If you’ve followed along with Bristol and Levi’s public dispute over their 7-year-old-son, the latest news is refreshing; it’s finally coming to an end.
— E! Online (@eonline) February 24, 2016
“I’m so happy to have my son in my life, and to put all of this back in (sic) forth in the courts behind me. It might have taken me 7 years and cost me around $100,000 in lawyer fees, spread out among 3 different lawyers, as well as a lot of patience, but it was all worth it. I’m happy now to be successfully co-parenting.”
According to People, Bristol, 25, and her family allegedly tried blocking Levi from seeing his son only months after his birth. At that time, the child’s parents didn’t see eye-to-eye on several matters, and they ultimately aired their private laundry, so to speak.
In 2009, Levi threatened to slap Bristol with a lawsuit over the custody of Tripp. The next year, the sparring pair came to an agreement: Johnston could have visitation rights for a few hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Reportedly, three years went by, and the courts had not arrived at a binding resolution. Consequently, Johnston petitioned the court in 2013 to rule on full custody motion. In the end, Bristol and Levi were granted joint custody of their child.
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) February 25, 2016
Johnson, who married Sunny Oglesby, has two other children: Breeze Johnston, 3, and Indy Johnston. In the post, he admitted still owing Bristol child support. However, he takes pride in working hard to take care of his son without hiding behind excuses.
“Although I do owe some back child support, altogether I have paid $50,000 in child support for Tripp, which is $600 a month, since Tripp’s birth so at the end of the day I know I have worked hard to meet my obligations as a father.”
Early Thursday, Bristol Palin responded to allegations she lost custody of her son. To clarify: Bristol lost “full” custody, not absolute custodial rights. She calls it a “win-win” in the end. She gushed about her children: Tripp and Sailor Grace, whose baby daddy is allegedly Dakota Meyer.
“These babies are my world, and I will always be doing what is best for them.
“Every child deserves two loving parents, so I will continue to encourage that no matter what. I have never, and will never, keep them from having a positive relationship with their fathers. I did not ‘lose’ any custody case – my son has always spent most of his time with me, and he will continue to do so, he is happy, healthy, and knows both of his parents love him.. Matthew 5:11.”
A photo posted by Bristol Palin (@bsmp2) on Feb 24, 2016 at 9:22pm PST
This story is developing.