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Bristol Palin

Levi Johnston's

a Deadbeat Dad

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

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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These child support guilt trips are so laughable, like everyone is supposed to be so mad at a half broke dad for not paying a pampered, spoiled wife that already has more money than he does, to supposedly take care of the kid. theres a reason why so many of those housewives start screaming on their ex husbands for not paying it, and its not because of the kid, its because they can't use that money to spend lavishly on themselves. Child support laws/payments in our country are laughable in so many cases. I don't blame all of these athletes whatsoever for cashing in all of their assets, hiding it, and declaring bankruptcy. Its just dumb what courts rule what it takes to supposedly raise a kid if the dad makes/made a lot.

930 days ago


Levi needs to find a sugar daddy who'll send him a few bucks in return for some companionship. I'm sure alot of rich old guys liked what they saw in his Playgirl spread.

930 days ago


In Canada, we call this the 'baby Mama Blues'.

930 days ago


The palins are all trailer trash.

930 days ago


I don't know why my comment was rejected. I was pointing out that Bristol is rich, and the baby doesn't need child support from the father in the first place. It's supposed to be there to help mothers raise the kid and not have to work multiple jobs. She doesn't need to. She's using it as revenge.

930 days ago


Baby food and clothing..not that expensive. Child support isn't for mom's clothing and upkeep.

930 days ago


She's a millionaire. The child doesn't need a dime from him, and he shouldn't be forced to pay money that the kid doesn't need.

930 days ago


Because your Mother never taught you I will make this clear....a parent never bashes their co-parent so a child will suffer. You have QUADRUPLE the money Levi has yet you publicly berate and humiliate the father of your son in your press releases, is this good mothering, no. There will be consequences no matter how much control you think you have. Your child deserves much much more from you.

930 days ago


She wants him to pay child support for a child that she and her family are actively preventing him from parenting? How about you make it easy for the man to spend quality time with his child and you might get some support. You move around with that child like he doesn't have a father who needs easy access to him and you complain when Levi acts like he doesn't have a child? What freaking ever, Bristol!!

930 days ago


HELLO.... This amount is based on what Levi used to make. Now that he has bowed out of the limelight he has no future income to support that figure

930 days ago


she's only pursuing the money now because he has a new girlfriend and baby on the way. Maybe Bristol's new live-in boyfriend (I guess she's no longer an abstinence advocate) can take over daddy duty to Tripp since Sarah & Bristol have prevented Levi from being a father to his son.

930 days ago


Bristol is hurting us all by not garnishing this guy's income. If they had proceeded on the garnishment, he may have decided against impregnating another woman. While taxpayers won't have to pay for Bristol's child, they may very well have to pay for this other girl's child. Stop the madness. Stick it to him.

930 days ago


I characterize a deadbeat person as someone who takes no responsibility in life, who is an adult who doesn't have a job, any job, who has a spending habit (tons of gifts for girlfriends despite no income) and who spends his days off on expensive hunting trips and hanging with swagger friends instead of being a working, contributing member of society.

Bristol has had a job since her son was an infant. Her lifestyle and happiness doesn't depend on fame and she doesn't NEED fame to financially survive. One parent is an adult, one's still a child who refuses to take responsibility.

930 days ago

There's a problem here    

"forbore" With that, you know that there was no Palin involved in creating that statement

930 days ago


I want to know how he got saddled with that much child support. If you do the math - $1750 a month is what he would make working an $11/hr job 40 hours a week BEFORE TAXES! Now how in the hell to you expect a 22 (or so) year old high school drop out to even make that much (legally) much less make that much and enough extra to live on? Some judge was not making his decision on reality to be sure.

930 days ago
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