August 14th, 2010
10:27 AM ET
4 years ago

Palin, Johnston settle custody issue

Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston have reached an agreement over the custody of their son.
Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston have reached an agreement over the custody of their son.

(CNN) - Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston have reached an agreement over the custody of their son, the Associated Press reported Friday.

The custody agreement comes just weeks after the couple called off their re-engagement.

Under the agreement, Johnston gets visitation rights two days a week, while Palin gets primary physical custody of their son Tripp. The couple will share legal custody, Johnston's lawyer told the Associated Press.

The custody agreement was first reported by gossip website TMZ.com.

The couple's teenage relationship fell under an intense public spotlight after Sen. John McCain picked Bristol's mother Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate in August 2008. The couple broke off their first engagement about two months after their son's birth in December 2008.

Earlier this month, Bristol called off the couple's short-term re-engagement, citing Johnston's involvement in a music video that she described as mocking the Palin family.

"It's over. I broke up with him," Bristol told People Magazine. Sarah Palin told the magazine her daughter has learned a valuable lesson: "to trust but verify."

In July, Bristol and Johnston became re-engaged without first informing the former Alaska governor.

At the time, the Palin family issued a statement that stopped short of a full-throated endorsement.


Filed under: Bristol Palin • Levi Johnston • Sarah Palin
soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. Pat

    Shouldn't this be in the entertainment section? Everything about this dysfunctional family should be in Entertainment. The mom wasn't even a full term Governor!!!

    August 14, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. D.

    I am glad Bristol didn't fight with Levi over custody. He will lose interest and move into another circle and away from fatherhood of this child- alot of men will.

    August 14, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Carramea

    Who cares

    August 14, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Buster

    The liberals will go nuts here. But what about maxine waters claiming her lack of ethics is the fault of former President Bush? Kinda stupid but then again consider the source. Now nobummer supports the muslim's on building on or near the site of the twin towers. There again, kinda stupid unless he is really a muslim which I think he is. Why is it he has to go against everything the vast majority of Americans support? Do not say he supports religious freedom because he has not shown support for any religion until now.

    August 14, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It's sad when a child is born to young uneducated parents, but as the saying goes "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree".

    August 14, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. when the Palin's get done...

    sending a wrecking ball through "family values" what will the term mean?

    August 14, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. Mariann Pepitone

    I am happy Bristol and Levi worked out the custody of their son. Levi is not the best of father's as he should be on a schedule to pay child support. Bristol should never had a relationship with him. He used her for his own purpose then decided she was not for him after the baby was born. He is a playboy and will be dating other girls soon. Bristol needs to get a grip on life and start realizing the dark side of Levi.

    August 14, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. cocitizen

    If I was that young man, except when I went to pick up my son, I would stay as far away from those crazy Palins as I could. In fact, I would never go pick up my son without taking someone else with me.

    August 14, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. RDE

    Go away and take your mother with you.

    August 14, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. Laurie in Spokane

    And how many custody arrangements are made in the USA each day?, and I'm supposed to be interested in Palin and Johnston? CNN, don't cater to the lowest denominator, reach a little higher.

    August 14, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. mamajohanna1

    GREAT...another post on the political ticker that should have been in the "entertainment" section. Enough already...who cares?

    August 14, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. anthony

    I was trying to figure out why this has to do with politics, then it hit me. If "non-elites" like Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston don't get married and have kids, where will the Republican Party, which is always railing against the "elites," get its next generation of voters?

    August 14, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. jeff jackson, alabama

    Hey CNN, why do you people not cover Al Gore's son's
    legal problems ?
    Why do you not cover any other politician's kids marital
    and domestic problems ?
    You know you have over 50% of your readers believing
    that Sarah Palin is the only politician who has problems
    with their kids ?
    Ya think it's done on purpose ?????????????????
    Apparently you can't find any serious dirt on her !!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Are you kidding me?

    I CANNOT believe CNN has posted this ridiculous article under the Political Ticker. It's nothing more than the continuation of this Jerry Springer storyline from a family desperate for notoriety. CNN, you should be ashamed of where you've put this post. It belongs in your entertainment or gossip section (that's why TMZ was the first to report on it). No wonder you constantly struggle with credibility issues!

    August 14, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. DENNA

    I'm not sure that staying in this opportunistic family is best for this child. The lot of them seem to be perpetuating the attitude that greed and conservatism are good things. They are not.

    August 14, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Sgt. USMC

    Does anyone else but me hear banjos playing? Where's Jerry Springer when you need him?

    August 14, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. pete

    Please stop reporting this garbage.

    August 14, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. ST

    This couple has no importance to the public. We are not aware of John McCain's kids, the person who picked this couple. Please stop promoting something which does not contribute anything to the nation. CNN you are above this!

    August 14, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. GI Joe

    As a person who has tested highly intelligent, I fail to see what this has to do with politics.

    Will someone please enlighten me? is it the fact that the female has the same last name of one of our hate-mongering terrorists that runs around getting wealthy from the paranoia she stirs up?

    August 14, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. Larry

    Hey CNN–isn't this a political ticker?

    This isn't political news.

    August 14, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. Roger Edwards

    You people (CNN) are obsessed with the Palins'. How about Maxine Waters trying to influence where taxpayers money goes.
    Sarah Palin is not going to run for President, so going for dirt or controversary is not needed. How do your viewers feel about a mosque near ground zero?

    August 14, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. Len Smith

    Just who cares?????????????

    August 14, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. vic

    CNN why you are posting celebrity news under politics ?

    August 14, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. Alert Sooner

    Okay! I got the news.

    August 14, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. carlos

    and who gives a HOOT............cnn, enough of your gossip columns.

    August 14, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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