ANCHORAGE - An Alaska judge's ruling has revealed a heated legal custody battle between Sarah Palin's daughter and the father of Palin's grandson.
A November request by 18-year-old Bristol Palin to keep the proceedings closed was denied Christmas Eve. Her Nov. 3 petition for sole custody and child support also seeks a visitation schedule for Levi Johnston, the father of 1-year-old Tripp.
Bristol says that her ex-fiance has exercised "sporadic visitation rights."
The 19-year-old Johnston denies in court documents that he has avoided his responsibilities.
He is seeking shared custody.