January 22nd, 2010
02:03 PM ET
5 years ago

Bristol Palin demands child support

Bristol Palin is demanding Levi Johnston start paying up.
Bristol Palin is demanding Levi Johnston start paying up.

(CNN) - Bristol Palin is demanding Levi Johnston start paying up.

According to court documents filed Thursday in Alaska and posted on the Web site TMZ, the 19 year-old daughter of Sarah Palin is demanding the father of her one year-old son pay $1,750 a month in child support payments.

Palin is also seeking back payments beginning from late December 2008, when the child was born.

According to the court filing, Palin says Johnston made "in excess of 105,000 in 2009 through various media interviews and modeling related activities."

Palin also says she has received only "sporadic financial assistance" from Johnston over the last year - $4,400 in total.

Johnston's manager contends Palin has been paid more than $10,000 by Johnston since her son was born, according to TMZ.

Palin's attorney, Thomas Van Flein, said in a statement to CNN: "Bristol has set forth the facts regarding child support in her affidavit filed in court. The law in Alaska is clear: a parent is obligated to support his or her child. It is unfortunate Bristol has to seek court intervention in this regard."


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  1. david

    Why does Bristol need support when she lives with her mom? Isn't she still underaged too?

    January 22, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Dave

    Anytime the Palins are in the news, it's by design. They are world class publicity hounds, and wll do anything and everything to keep their names in the public eye.

    January 22, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Divorced Mom

    Palin grow up and get a job. Yes he should support his child, but $1750 a month, sounds like you're expecting him to financially support his child 100% and you none. And you're complaining about what you have gotten so far?

    I guess I'm just a regular mom, but I get less than $200 a month and that's when he pays.

    You made an adult decision to have sex, to have a baby, now be an adult and get a job so that you also financially support your child.

    January 22, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Jim in TX

    Is there a court order for child support? Bristol can't just come up with a number and demand it! The Palin world of entitlements... Sounds like her mom put her up to this – she needs some support now that she doesn't have a real job (and hopefully never will).

    January 22, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. WhoCares?

    Ahh..yes.. Another round of the "Family Values" Soap Opera.

    January 22, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. bigdoglv

    Wow. I can't believe someone would think this so called father should not pay child support. He's out there banking cash bashing her and her family. Pay your way you dead beat! Man up and take responsibility for your carelessness.

    January 22, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. WhoCares?

    She doesn't need the money for sure. She is just doing it as revenge against Levi.

    You know...the stuff that the right considers Family Values....like petty revenge.

    January 22, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. Jake

    another deadbeat Mom, expecting to get a salary because she had a baby. Equality, is when both parents share time and responsibility and financial duties. Not when one collects payments from the other.

    Each can pay for the child, from their own salary, for the child's needs that occur while at that parent – there should be no transfer of money from one parent to the other – $1750 is spousal support, its Bristol between collecting child support and government welfare (yes, she's on a type of welfare – child support doesn't have to be counted as income, so guess what, the money starts rolling in from the EIC program at tax time), so she doesn't have to work for the next 18 years, because she had a baby.

    Wow, what a deal.

    The whole idea that one is going to sit on her duff and collect money from the other who is going to work – that one is going to take all control, while the other might get a visitation here or there – is absurd.

    and we ridicule the victim in this, and hold up the spoiled brat as a role model. Get real.

    January 22, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Mona

    I can't stand the Palin's, having said that, I don't think Levi should get
    away with paying nothing. He should pay child support in accordance
    with the judicial system. What Obama has to do with this is lunacy,
    Stooge is a stooge & should refrain from making stupid statements!
    If you're old enough to sleep with your girlfriend, get her pregnant, you
    should man up & pay decent child support, it's your child too!

    January 22, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. me-n-u

    I think the dirtbag should owe up! Who cares if her mom makes a lot of money and can support her. She shouldn't have to depend on her mother to support her and her child. He needs to be partially responsible and contribute to his childs support. The percentage that she is asking is below what child support usually seeks from income.

    January 22, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. JES

    Looks like Levi has turned out to be a real slug.

    Don't let him get away with anything.

    Mistakes were made and you will have to live with them, but looks like you are going the right way.

    January 22, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. Barney

    Ha – how funny is it that the photo of Bristol is at an event for abstinence (Vow Not Now)? Apparently the hypocritical apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

    January 22, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    He needs to pay his share based on the law of Alaska in relation percentage of income just like any other parent. Teen pregnancy a mistake you can't run from.

    January 22, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. Fenney Derden

    Someone needs to talk to Levi by hand.

    January 22, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. Laverne

    $1,750, come on Bristol, stop listening to momma Palin, she will sink your ship. Listen girlie, be realistic!

    January 22, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. billy123

    Is she kidding me with all the money this family has?

    January 22, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. butch

    Posing nude was so evil -- but give me that evil money

    January 22, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. NJ

    The people that side with L.J. probably do because they don't like the Palins. They guy needs to pay up...plain and simple.

    January 22, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. Gerry from Cincinnati

    These people redefine trailer trash!

    January 22, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. alaskan

    Er, since when does Bristol have sole custody? Last I heard she was not letting him see the child, why should he pay her? They both deserve equal custody, equal time, and no child support!

    No child support for her – she lives in a giant multi million dollar house, won't let him see his kid, and she wants money? She's her mother's daughter.

    January 22, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Freeman

    He is responsible, under state law, as the father of the child, to pay child support. Period. No matter how much the mother makes, no matter what the court decided about visitation, he is responsible for supporting the child he created under the law.

    The amount that is being asked for is (as almost always) a percentage of the fathers income. Around 20%, which is completely reasonable.

    People that say this is outrageous are hypocrites, who think that Levi should not have to obey the laws that *everyone else* does, because they don't like Bristol's mother!

    January 22, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. Oleg

    This about the custody battle, not about money. Bristol's lawyers are trying to make a case that Levi is not taking responsibility about the baby and therefore Bristol should get sole custody. Which is totally upside down – if a teenager is presented with a bill but little access to his son, of course he will not be psyched to pay. But our family courts are anyway so full of perjury that we should just arrest both parties by default until they can prove they are not lying under oath.

    January 22, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. Nita show me state

    Good for you..

    January 22, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Jane

    $1700 is really nothing when you have that type of income.

    I made only $500 a month since I was a full time mom of 5 and had to pay my ex who I shared custody of 2 of the kids with a whopping $1240 / mth in support for his 50%... now that is ridiculous! He meanwhile refused to get anything above a minimum wage job because he wanted to claim welfare.

    Now the shoe is on the other foot, I have full custody and how much is he supposed to pay? $150 / mth. Have I seen one red penny? NO!

    Ladies, the lesson here is not to mingle with boys from "the wrong side of the tracks". The system is horribly broken and you will get burned.

    January 22, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. BBB

    I have been down that road... but seriously $1750 a month child support? I had to take my ex to court several times because he would find reasons to not pay, so it isn't that I don't sympathize but you should not look to get rich of the money that is supposed to be for your child. You support yourself and the TWO of you support your child.

    January 22, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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