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Could television show cause mother to lose custody of her son?

Having your own television show sounds like a good thing, but it may end up causing problems for one reality television star.

Pennsylvania readers are likely familiar with Bristol Palin, the daughter of Alaska's former Governor Sarah Palin. Palin and her 3-year-old son are featured on her television show, "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp."

Palin has primary custody of her son. However, the boy's father, Levi Johnston, says he plans to seek full or partial custody of his son after seeing his bad behavior on the show. He is concerned about Palin's parenting skills and says he wants to be sure his son "is raised the right way."

Palin announced her pregnancy during her mom's run for vice president in 2008. Palin and Johnston have been engaged twice, but are no longer together. Currently, Johnston does not have custody of his son, but he is allowed to visit.

This story shows how contentious child custody disputes can be. In some cases, one parent may use child custody as a way to get back at the other. However, parents in Pennsylvania and beyond must remember that a child is at the center of the dispute. Determining what is in a child's best interests should be their primary goal.

Because child custody disputes can become so emotional, parents in Pennsylvania would be wise to seek out the help of an experienced attorney. An attorney will help couples find a solution that is fair for everyone involved and one that provides children with a stable life.

Source: ABC News, "Bristol Palin's 'Life's a Tripp' Reportedly Prompts Levi Johnston to Consider Full Custody of Son," Aug. 7, 2012

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