Levi Johnston is speaking out about his bitter custody fight over Tripp, his 7-year-old son with his ex, Bristol Palin.
“I’m so happy to have my son in my life, and to put all of this back [and] forth in the courts behind me,” Johnston gushed in a statement he posted to Facebook on Feb. 23.
“It might have taken me 7 years and cost me around $100,000 in lawyer fees, spread out among 3 different lawyers, as well as a lot of patience, but it was all worth it,” said the 25-year-old dad. “I’m happy now to be successfully co-parenting.”
Johnston’s estranged ex, Palin, 25, is in the midst of another baby daddy custody battle with her former fiancé, 27-year-old Dakota Meyer, who recently claimed in court that he is the father of her 2-month-old daughter, Sailor Grace.
As for Johnston, he insisted on Facebook that he has, for the most part, fulfilled his duties as a dad — and looks forward to continuing to build their father-son relationship.
“Although I do owe some back child support, altogether I have paid $50,000 in child support for Tripp, which is $600 a month, since Tripp’s birth so at the end of the day I know I have worked hard to meet my obligations as a father,” he wrote.
As Radar reported, Palin recently filed a motion asking a judge to get Johnston, 25, to pay up roughly $66,000 in back child support payments. But according to new court documents filed on February 11, a judge denied her motion.
“Despite what some have heard I’ve always been there for him, and I go to almost every school event that I can and spend all of my free time with my kids,” noted Johnston. “Right now life is really looking up for our family.”
“And I want to say that even though fathers in this country don’t usually have the upper hand in court, I encourage every father to never give up on fighting to keep their kids in their life,” he added. “It’s always worth it.”