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Bristol Palin to Levi Johnston -- Pay Up Deadbeat

1/22/2010 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Bristol Palin has gone to court, demanding that Levi Johnston step up as a dad and pay her some of the money he's raked in from his naked media blitz.

Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston Child Support Documents: Click to view!

Court documents were filed by Bristol's lawyer late Thursday afternoon in Alaska, demanding $1,750 a month in child support from Levi, retroactive to the birth of son Tripp on December 27, 2008.

According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Bristol believes Levi has pulled in "in excess of $105,000 in 2009 through various media interviews and modeling related activities." The $105,000 figure is significant, because under Alaska law a non-custodial parent must pay 20% of income up to $105,000 a year -- which comes to $1,750 a month.

Bristol says in her sworn statement, "I have received limited and sporadic financial assistance from Levi." Bristol says Levi has forked over only $4,400 over the 13 months of Tripp's life -- $3,000 on September 9, 2009, $1,400 on December 19.

Bristol's request is for temporary support, pending a permanent child support order.

UPDATE: Levi Johnston's manager, Tank Jones, tells TMZ Levi has paid Bristol more than $10,000 since Tripp was born. Jones also says Levi does not make money off of every interview he does, though he did not say exactly how much Levi has made.


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toby cameron I can still fit into my hs cheerleader uniform!    

Bristol's eskimo blood has messed up her brain. She should build and igloo and get the F away from Sarah.

1699 days ago

dr cyclops    

ia am a lawyer and it amazes me these young men want to have sex but when a by product of sex is a little sad baby they dont want to pony up the cash to take care of the baby..its sad,,especially when we have homeless children by the millions and everyone takes care of them but this kid wont cough up cash to take of his own seedling..what is the child going to think when it grows up without new shoes and new dresses every start of the school year..
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1699 days ago


I couldn't have said it better than #26!!!

1699 days ago


Bristol was young but she was smart enough to know who she should not marry. All have misstepped.

1699 days ago


Bristol made at least 5 times what Levi made this past year. Of course, that money is probably hidden now. That's how grifters work. If Levi has already contributed $10K, he's probably spent more on Tripp that Bristol has, seeing that she gets a free place to stay, utilities, food, clothing, etc., etc. Fee she got for pimping out Tripp in People: $300K; fee from Candies Foundation: unknown, but likely another $100K; and fee from In Touch, again pimping out Tripp, $100K, plus whatever else she might have made from other sources.

1699 days ago


75. The lack of civility from the left wing comments is telling.
Very ghetto.

Posted at 9:17AM on Jan 22nd 2010 by change 2010

The fact that you use the term Ghetto when describing the left is even MORE telling.

Wake up white people!!!!! YEEEHAAAA

1699 days ago


None of us posting know the kid Levi. What we know is only what has been made public via a lot of gossip sites. Very few of us could withstand the intrusion into our lives. He was a young backwoods teenager from Alaska boppin another young backwoods teen when he got thrown to the World's attention and it's sharks. Such Drama. The child's mother and Grandmother are initially at fault. The young father should have access to his child, and as the child becomes older longer times of access, including week long visits so they could go camping and hunting etc. As for child support, the mother's family has access to sufficient funds so the child should never want for anything. A young child being raised in a home such as this one needs for very little and $100/month would be sufficient. If Levi has indeed given without court order a sum near Ten Grand, then perhaps a Judge would pro-rate that over a longer period of time allowing the young father some breathing room so he can find some permanent source of income. My cowboy buddy Steven Daigle has found a source of income, perhaps Levi will also.

1699 days ago

Reggie in Atlanta    

We can argue about the numbers but Bristol should get child support. They should use a percent of income formula, not a flat amount though. Once Levi's 15 minutes runs out, it will be hard to maintain $1750.

Side note: Sarah has pushed repeatedly against sex education in school. Maybe her family could have used it.
-Todd and Sarah Palin has a son about 7 months after getting married. The child was NOT premature. Married August 29, 1988. Parents April 20, 1989. She told interviewers during the campaign that they eloped to avoid wedding costs. Complete lie. Knocked up.
-Todd and Sarah had a risky pregnancy in their 40ss resulting in a special needs child.
-Bristol pregnant at 17 by a winner like Levi. Force to lie "they are getting married". What else could they say during the election?

1699 days ago


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1699 days ago


Bristol does NOT get to "demand" anything. You can not "demand" someone step up as a parent, nor can you do the same when it comes to amount for child support. A court will determine how much child support the Obligor shall pay -- not the mother.

She MIGHT get support from birth, but it's not always a guarantee. You are not "rewarded" with a financial windfall if you decide to sit around and wait to file for child support. It's not for YOUR benefit. Too many people think they can wait and file and cash in. WRONG!

If Bristol wants support, then she will have to get used to Levi being in the kids' life as well. She will have to legally share the child with him. It's not a one-way street. If he doesn't want to share in the custody/raising, that's his choice. You can't make someone be in someone's life. But she can get a child support order and she will have to deal with the amount THE COURT decides. Not her.

1699 days ago


Like mother, like daughter...her mother was pregnant when she got married and paid for her own (so she said) $26 wedding band. Nobody had to be a liberal to see the big picture during the election. Palin was/is a dangerous illiterate fraud and a white trash pig with lipstick. Unfortunately, her chip-off-the-old-block daughter continues to let the stupid broad control her life. IMO she is no different than the father of her child and should have made a life with him on behalf of their son instead of preventing him seeing, holding, and playing with the son they conceived together as teens. Sarah Palin created the "war of the roses" and so should give her daughter a $1,000 every month to take care of herself out of the millions of dollars she's making off foolishly ignorant people and, yes, Levi needs to be responsible for child support according to his ability to earn a living in Alaska.

How any sector of America could embrace Palin simply because she was/is a female is beyond my comprehension. The entire tribe makes my stomach feel sick.

1699 days ago


Yes he is the dad and should pay support, but what does she do?? come on now get off you lazy ass and support your child you wanted to have..get a life your mommy wont be around forever to help you.GROW up you spoiled brat..go get a place of your own,maybe a JOB. AND EDUCATE YOURSELF...LIKE MOTHER..LIKE DAUGHTER...APPLE DIDNT FALL FAR...WHY YOUR MOM LOST BECAUSE OF YOU...WHORE

1699 days ago


54. I would like to know how she thinks he can come up with that much money on a consistent basis without a high school diploma
, especially considering she and her mother are doing everything they can to make sure that he makes no money? Bristol opens a PR firm with NO COLLEGE DEGREE and wants child support but doesn't want him to have any type of custody? Who is representing her for cryin' out loud?

Posted at 8:06AM on Jan 22nd 2010 by Jemma

Give it time and I'm sure that bitch Gloria Allred will be representing the greedy bitch.

1699 days ago


have divorced friends and the court always orders a specific percentage of their income for their child support payments
i.e. make more, pay more
it's always geared to income
so if you suddenly earl less you go back to court to get it adjusted

Bristol could claim child support from the second the child was born -that's the law

so based on what he earned last year on his "self promotion" touring as a high school dropout (with a drug selling felon mother) he probably should have paid at least that much a month based on his earnings

had he have spent some of his touring time visiting his son and being a responsible dad they would have already worked out the whole custody/support thing

you have to give it to Bristol at least for trying to continue her education so she will be a better rold model to the child as he grows

Levi can complain about the Palins all he wants on his publicity tours but intelligent people see that they are the ones who probably paid the medical for the birth of the child-the pediatric visits, shots, roof over his head, food etc.

instead of shooting off his mouth he should be growing up and thanking them for their contribution, and stepping up to better himself and take whatever steps he needs to take to be a responsible father

pursuing a career in Hollywood isn't a good fit for fathering a child in Alaska

most dads want to be geographically closer to their children so that they truly are "there for them" and not just using that phrase as a hollow statement to try to sound involved in the child's life

1699 days ago


Wow, you know what I find most interesting, they have Lawyers in Alaska.

1699 days ago
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