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Reality show prompts a request to change child custody

Turn on the TV and you are likely to find a reality show about celebrities or average parents. In many cases, the average parent becomes a celebrity from the exposure. This spotlight can be too much for some families to deal with. It can also highlight a person's negative behavior or parenting skills. If a child is suffering because of the choices of a parent, on camera or off, then the child custody arrangement may be reevaluated.

People across California have been hearing about the disputes between Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin, the daughter of Sarah Palin. The young parents were once engaged to be married, but they broke up and have been bitterly fighting ever since. Most recently, Johnston has voiced his anger and concern over Palin's decision to feature his son on her reality show.

According to reports, Johnston saw his ex's TV show and was shocked by the bad behavior his son was exhibiting. He says that under Palin's care, their three-year-old son has been on a downward spiral. Johnston claims that he is worried about the child and has intentions to file for full custody of him.

However, the former couple is known for making negative statements about each other in the media. It can be difficult to determine which accusations are accurate and which are simply meant to be defamatory. Even if Johnston's recent allegations are true, he will still have a difficult time trying to get full custody of his son.

While he may disagree with Palin's parenting style, it may not be grounds for making changes to the existing child custody arrangement. However, if the child is in danger or if his or her needs are not being met, it may be vital to reevaluate the situation.

Disputes over existing child custody arrangements can be very challenging and complex, for both famous and non-famous parents. At the end of the day, though, parents need to be focused on providing the best possible life for their child.

Source: Reuters, " Levi Johnston Wants Custody of Son After Bristol Palin TV Show," Andrew Lu, Aug. 6, 2012

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