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Bristol Palin

Levi Johnston's

a Deadbeat Dad

4/7/2012 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Levi Johnston owes more than $38,000 in unpaid child support to Bristol Palin
Levi Johnston
owes more than $38,000 in unpaid child support to Bristol Palin -- according to team Bristol.

Bristol's lawyer tells TMZ, Levi hasn't made a child support payment for the ex-couple's son Tripp since June 2010 ... 22 months ago.

According to court records, Levi is required to pay $1,750 a month -- which means his outstanding balance is $38,500.

As for why Bristol hasn't attempted to enforce the order -- via wage garnishment or otherwise -- Bristol's attorney tells us, "We forbore pursuing child support collection in the (perhaps naive) hope that Mr. Johnston would do what men are supposed to do and pay his support obligation voluntarily."

The lawyer adds, "We were also concerned that garnishment or other aggressive collection efforts could exacerbate an already strained relationship" ... no kidding.

We're told Bristol is still holding out hope that Levi will pay. So far, no word back from Levi's camp.

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16.

TheVolleyballGod    

Why should he owe more money than he earns in a month while the whore mother gets 15 to 30 grand just for a speaking fee. Why is the male punished because a slut trapped him with a kid

897 days ago
17.

bellagrazi    

Levi Johnston will never pay a dime for his son, Tripp. He's got another baby on the way that he can't afford. His girlfriend is going to have to support Levi and their baby, because he refuses to get a real job. He will continue to be a loser, because that's all he's ever been. Bristol's probably just hoping that he will eventually sign over his rights to his son. Which would be the best thing for Tripp. But he doesn't care about Tripp. He only cares about making money off the Palin name, and trashing them while he does it. Bristol is a great mom. And Tripp has very strong male figures in his life. He's going to be just fine without Levi.

897 days ago
18.

static    

I'm beginning to see why so many people dispise the Palins.

897 days ago
19.

static    

Despise too.

897 days ago
20.

SheisHot    

Why all the negative comments about Bristol? If I were her, I would have his sorry ass in jail for not helping to provide support for his son. It's not about the money, it is about being a man, and obviously he is just an irresponsible little boy. Grow up, Levi!

897 days ago
21.

kingbishop    

It would be nice if the palin's just be gone...Bristol please don't try and tell kid's not to have sex.You are the worst spokesperson for that idea.What 15 and you were preggo?..Well hell..At least you can still see Russia from your house right?

897 days ago
22.

Chase    

Big deal. She's a "deadbeat" of a human being. I mean, she spread her legs for him (many times), and even WENT BACK to him. What does that say about her???

897 days ago
23.

Cheri    

You know I'm a Republican, but this family is so cheep and what a bunch of losers, They wont let him see his child they call him names all the time and they care nothing about the harm they are bring to this child. This is so sad, he needs to go to court and make them let him see the baby and pay his child support. Sarah you and your daughter are losers

897 days ago
24.

emilie    

$1750 for one child?? Wow, that's a lot for a guy who didn't even graduate from high school (did he?) and certainly didn't graduate from college. Wait, a lot of the people I know with college degrees are barely scraping by as well. Never mind. Maybe he does have a chance if he scores another playgirl photoshoot. (what has the world come to.)

897 days ago
25.

pansy    

If Bristol doesn't want to "strain the relationship" then why is her lawyer telling TMZ he's a deadbeat dad?

Oh, that's right, it's payback as always with the Palins. I have a strong feeling he's been sending what he can, and that Bristol's tearing up the checks without cashing them, because she doesn't need the money as much as she needs to be able to call him a deadbeat.

897 days ago
26.

pink floyd    

$1750.00 per month for 1 kid... are they high!!! $400.00 per month max.

897 days ago
27.

dd    

You've moved in with a new guy, you guys are starting a reality show...move on and take care of your child, this back and forth should stop before he enters school.

897 days ago
28.

Superman    

Isn't child support for a mother that needs it?!? Fricking dumbass republicans give her money because of her mother. I'm sure she makes more than he does.

897 days ago
29.

ManiacalZebra    

He's probably protesting the lack of visitation by not paying.

897 days ago
30.

bunny    

We're supposed to believe he sees his daughter and doesn't pay child support when it makes more sense to not pay child support if the family won't let him see his son. If he's seeing her, wouldn't they have been on him legally almost two years ago?

897 days ago
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