California residents should be familiar with Sarah Palin who became well-known when she ran as a vice-presidential candidate in the last election. At that time, her teenage daughter, Bristol, announced during the election campaign that she was pregnant with her boyfriend's child. The young couple named the baby Tripp.
For some time, the couple tried to make things work. Twice they even considered getting married. However, a marriage never materialized and the young adults agreed to a custody arrangement for Tripp in which Bristol has primary custody. Tripp's father has visitation rights. The couple had also agreed not to publicly ridicule each other.
More recently, however, Tripp's father has been reconsidering their child custody arrangement. This is because Bristol and Tripp are starring in a reality show about their lives entitled "Life's a Tripp." Tripp's father reportedly has taken issue with the way that Tripp is being disciplined by his mother on air, as well as language used by their young son.
Tripp's father is now planning to seek full custody, or at the very least to share custody with Bristol Palin, so that he can more fully share in the raising of his son, and make decisions such as whether Tripp should be the star of a reality show.
This story should be helpful to California couples who may have agreed to a child custody arrangement which no longer works. When circumstances change, sometimes a child custody agreement may become inappropriate or need to be modified. What is in the best interest of the child can change over time which can lead to a need to revisit the terms of a child custody order.
Source: ABC News, "Bristol Palin's 'Life's a Tripp' Reportedly Prompts Levi Johnston to Consider Full Custody of Son," Aug. 7, 2012