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Levi Johnson To Move for Child Custody after Concerns over Son’s Upbringing

September 17, 2012 | Posted In Family Law - Custody, Divorce |

New Jersey Divorce Attorneys Predict No Easy Outcome

New Jersey divorce attorneys are no strangers to high-profile celebrity-related divorce, child custody, child support and other family law-related matters in the news.  Often, celebrities are involved in the same types of family law-related issues as regular folks.  However, by virtue of being public figures, celebrities may experience complications in their child custody and parenting arrangements that non-celebs may not face. 

For example, Levi Johnston, the father of Bristol Palin’s son, is moving to gain custody of his son Tripp after he witnessed disturbing incidents involving his child on Palin’s reality TV show.  The show, Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp, documents the adventures of the young single mother as she raises her now three-year-old son. 

In one episode of the show, which seems to have raised Johnston’s hackles, Tripp uses a gay slur.  In another episode, the child is also documented uttering a slur.  These episodes have garnered a lot of criticism, especially when Bristol giggled away the child’s behavior. 

Johnston now has concerns about his child's upbringing and believes that the toddler is on a downward spiral.  He claims that he is disgusted by his child's behavior as witnessed on television.  Those concerns are serious enough to prompt him to file paperwork in order to gain custody of his child.

The case is gaining a lot of media attention because of the fascination surrounding Palin’s family, as well as the sour relationship between Johnston and Palin, which featured heavily in the tabloids. 

However, New Jersey divorce attorneysbelieve thatJohnston will need more than just outrage over his son’s foul language to make his child custody case.  In any matter involving a noncustodial parent who's trying to wrest control from the custodial parent, things are never simple. Before any progress can be made, the moving, noncustodial parent has the significant burden of proving that there has been a substantial change in circumstances such that it is no longer in the child’s best interests to be in the primary custody of the non-moving parent and that it is in the best interests of the child for custody to be changed to the moving parent.

The New Jersey divorce attorneys at Helmer Paul Conley and Kasselman represent persons in divorce, child custody, child support, domestic violence and other family law-related matters across New Jersey.

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