Monday, August 16, 2010

Palin/Johnston agreement prohibits trash talking

ABC News has posted a summary of the agreement:

... Under the terms, Palin, 19, will have primary custody of the toddler, while Johnston, 20, will have just two days a week to visit his son. According to the agreement, his Saturday visits must be between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and his Wednesday visits can start at noon and go no later than 6 p.m.

Johnston will pay child custody calculated from his current salary, which is estimated at about $72,000 a year, according to court documents

"If Levi were to make substantially more [money], that would call for a larger amount of child support," said Toby Kleinman, attorney at the Center for Protection of Children.

The court documents also address a particularly contentious aspect of the Palin-Johnson relationship: trash talking.

According to the custody agreement "the parties agree that the child shall receive positive reinforcement about each party and that the child has the right to be free of negative comments by one parent about the other." That includes comments in the media. That may be easier said than done for Johnston, who has leveled harsh accusations about his former girlfriend's famous mother, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. ...


Joie Vouet said...

The story raises an interesting question: Is Sarah Palin a party to the agreement? If not, how can either Levi Johnston or Sarah Palin be prevented from trash talking each other? The article might have pointed-out how difficult it could be for Sarah Palin to honor such an agreement. By the way, did Levi Johnston ever trash talk Sarah Palin?

Anonymous said...

Suppose that means the whole clan will never speak again.

0>w/hole>1 said...

@ Joie: I believe in a post last weeek or over the weekend Gryphen quoted the agreement as using the term "family members" so if I can play telephone for a moment, it would seem on the face of it that, yes, SP & Bristol et al should be included in the "shut up" clause as well.

Gryphen*doubtful* that that would be enforced.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like this agreement written by the Palin's family lawyer is constructed to protect Sarah Palin. They positioned themselves to keep Levi's trap shut. No music video or book?

Joie Vouet said...

Mercede Johnston wrote about the agreement here.