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Bristol Palin may be her own worst enemy

Potential clients often want the Family Court to change the child custody or child placement arrangement for a child. They bring in complaints about the other parent's behavior or something that the other parent did.

Levi Johnson, the biological father of Bristol's child Tripp, may find that television is helpful to his chances of gaining child custody or placement of Tripp. Bristol Palin has a reality show called "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp" on Lifetime television. Tripp's behavior, including having deleted expletive (a gay slur) come from his mouth, are exhibited on the show. Bristol admits that she has some bad parenting skills, including doing a terrible job of disciplining Tripp. She is also going to return to a dancing reality show.

In order to change child custody or placement, a parent needs to prove that there has been a change in circumstances since the prior order was established or that the other parent's actions are seriously detrimental to the health or emotional well being of the child. This is a fairly high standard that Judge's apply in changing child custody, primary placement or parental visitation. Very often, hearings turn into "he said, she said" without significant evidence. However, Levi Johnson can point to Tripp's behavior recorded for all to see along with Bristol's remarks about her own parenting skill deficiencies. Often however, proff that a child swears or acts like a spoiled brat may not meet the high standard or burden to prove a change of custody is warranted.

Parents need to preserve evidence of the alleged behaviors or acts of the other parent if they truly warrant a change of custody or placement. Emails and text messages are helpful. Reports (or direct testimony in Court) of therapists or doctors may be important. The report of a Guardian Ad Litem may be important.

If you believe that you are entitled to a change in custody or placement, or the other parent has filed such a claim against you, call Steven Hirsch at 401. 352. 1000 to guide you through the process.

Reference "Levi Johnson reportedly took steps to get custody of son Tripp away from his ex-girlfriend Bristol Palin", by Andrew Lu, August 6, 2012

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