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Bristol Palin To Fight For Sole Custody of Son

New court documents are revealing a heated custody battle between Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin, who has petitioned for sole custody over their son Tripp.

This after a judge rejected a request by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's lawyers to keep her 19-year-old daughter Bristol's custody case private.

The decision comes more than a month after Bristol filed for full legal custody of her 1-year-old son and said Levi Johnston, her ex-boyfriend, should pay child support.

A temporary order had authorized the use of pseudonyms while the court was considering the request, but that has now been shot down.

Palin claimed that using their real names "could result to the child by an onslaught of media."

In her court filing, Bristol suggested that Levi's 'risque' photoshoot for 'Playgirl' and public life could be harmful for the child. She also said he was "not yet mature enough to take on significant parental responsibilities," even though she is younger than Levi.

Johnston, who had openly pushed for public court proceedings, says he's pleased with the decision.

"I feel more comfortable in a public courtroom which will help everyone stay civil and be on their best behavior," he says in a statement. "I know that public scrutiny will simplify this matter and act as a check against anyone's need to be overly vindictive, aggressive or malicious, not that Bristol would ever be that way, nor that I would."

"But her mother is powerful, politically ambitious and has a reputation for being extremely vindictive."

Bristol and Johnston broke off their engagement in March, soon after Tripp was born in December 2008.

December 30, 2009 |

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