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

Palin, Johnston settle custody issue

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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

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. MBW

    Right on Claudia. You hit the nail on the head. Like mother, like daughter.

    August 14, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. David E. Newton

    What I want to know is where is Sarah Palin, defender of family values? Who is taking care of her kids, especially the special needs child and the obviously confused unwed teenage mother?

    August 14, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. The Tripp Voice

    So much for the stability in my young life. Mama Bristol has her own home. Daddy Levi has his own home. I don't have my own home.

    With such immature parents, I have little home life stability and am being tossed from pillar and a post two nights a week. How many adults would enjoy that kind of life?

    Why not let me, the CHILD have a permanent home and let the bickering CHILDISH parents move in and out two nights a week.

    Perhaps then my parents and others in this nation would then learn to grow up.

    August 14, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Shannon

    Enough with this trash family, CNN stop with the stories,most Americans just want Silly Sarah, and her trashy family to go away!

    August 14, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. John

    So why didn't watchful "MaMa Grizzly" Sarah send a loser like young Levi packing the first time he showed interest in Bristol? I guess MaMa Grizzly was asleep at the wheel. Or doing what bears do in the woods.

    August 14, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Lobo

    On, off, on again, OFF AGAIN. Money for all on/off again interviews. Pretty lucrative, eh? <<>>> I mean really, stop CNN. STOP please?

    August 14, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Thanks for the update on these two nitwits!

    August 14, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Patryk

    Does anyone really care what is going on in Bristol Palins life???? She's a spoiled brat..... End of story...............

    August 14, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. vette gal

    Why is this in the ticker? Is this political? Not. And who cares about the ongoing soap opera Palin family.

    August 14, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Bob

    Why is this news? Oh yeah, forgot. This is the CNN way of keeping up the vile against Palin. CNN, not sure you got the memo.....Sarah Palin did NOT win the election. Stop putting her and her family as news in the political section of your site. Put it under "entertainment" or "obnoxious" section. We get it already, you don't like them. Please move on. Thanks.

    August 14, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. sawdust

    Levi is a ZERO and without horning his way back into the Palin name would be hustling bait on a leaky, stinking fishing boat in Alaska. He only crawled back to Bristol because his novelty had worn off with the media and dried up his funds.
    He had to agree to the two days with the kid, was not forced to sign off on that!! I bet my stinky socks that after the first couple of months, he will not even visit the kid for his two days!! (Unless it will get him news coverage and some $$$$$$$$$$$)
    Why don't the media glue themselves to Obama's kids????

    August 14, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Jerry

    Maybe Palin had the baby to create an "anchor" to the contiguous 48 states.. maybe we should look at the citizen issue here... LOL.... who cares what they do?!!... It's gonna take alot of "TEA" to have a "PARTY" for this upstanding, conservative, FAMILY VALUE oriented group of future welfare and public assistance applicants.... By the way CNN.. this article did not belong on the "Ticker"

    August 14, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. pt

    Let it go!

    August 14, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. The Wise One

    We are so SICK of these "Never Done Nothing, Never Going to Amount to a Hill of Crap" Palin Clowns. Enough already with this coverage of anything to do with the Palin Clowns!

    August 14, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. LK

    All I can say is that Levi has learned how to push himself into the spotlight for monetary gain from the woman who almost became his mother-in-law. She should be proud of him or following in her footsteps.

    August 14, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. MrAmerica

    That's family values for you! Glad to have an example to follow. Great job republicans. What else can you tell us about the sanctity of life, marriage and morals?

    August 14, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Who cares except them?

    August 14, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. hobart

    What happened to getting back together?

    August 14, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. Gordon Shumway

    As a typical young mormon, Levi could use some constraining sobering advice he obviously didn't receive growing up. A little snip here and a little snip there should do the trick.

    August 14, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. Donald, North Carolina

    How about both of them plus their parents being put under someone else's conservatorship and eliminate all of this nonsense and shenanigans from the NEWS - which it isn't!

    Neither of them, nor their parents, show any responsibility or awareness on raising children, much less the example all of them are setting.

    Waste of newsprint - let them all recede into the backcountry of Alaska and quit being an embarassment.

    August 14, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. Pat in IL

    I thought the Ticker was for political news. This is NOT political news. Please, please, please stop posting entertainment gossip under the heading of politics!!!

    August 14, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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