Request for Oral Argument Thomas Van Flein (Attorney) on behalf of Bristol Palin (Plaintiff) Case Motion #1: Ex Parte Motions for (1) Closure of Custody Proceedings ((2) Motion for Protective Order (3) Substitution of Pseudonym's), Case Motion #2: Ex Parte Motions for( (1) Closure of Custody Proceedings) (2) Motion for Protective Order ((3) Substitution of Pseudonym's), Case Motion #3: Ex Parte Motions for ((1) Closure of Custody Proceedings (2) Motion for Protective Order) (3) Substitution of Pseudonym's (Click the title to read all of the motions made so far in this case. And if there are any legal eagles in the group feel free to enlighten as to what all of this jargon means.))
This is why Team Levi was putting Levi's book on hold.
My understanding is that they wanted to get this handled first.
I know a little more about this but cannot share it until I get the go ahead.
I will tell you this though. I believe that Van Flein was planning to use Sherry's conviction as an argument for not allowing Levi to have joint custody. You know, the idea of having a felon in the house as a potential danger to the baby. Van Flein is going to use every tool in his arsenal to smear this family and paint the Palin's as above reproach.
However Levi is NOT living with Sherry and Mercede right now, so at least that has been removed from Van Flein's arsenal.
Levi has been making money from his magazine work and interviews, so he has an income. And he has been making child support payments, so he is okay in that area as well.
It looks like Van Flein has made a request to keep the custody proceedings closed to the media. If that is successful it will mean that even if I hear something I will not be able to pass it on. It also looks like he made a request that the court allow the use of pseudonyms to keep it quiet but the judge ruled against that which is why we know it is happening. It looks like Van Flein is being very aggressive.
I have a friend who is an expert in child custody cases whose name I have passed on to Rex. Hopefully that will help.
Personally I do not think that there is any legitimate legal reason for not allowing Levi to have joint custody. I have been through a custody battle myself back in the nineties and I can tell you that unless you are a raving drug addict or a person with a violent history you are almost guaranteed joint custody in Alaska.
I feel very good about Levi's chances.