January 22nd, 2010
02:03 PM ET
4 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. Jane/Seattle

    And this belongs in a human interest section, CNN. If America taught children sexual and other types of personal responsibility, instead of hiding normal functions, we'd have a far different society. Marketing, Competition, Consumerism and all the rest of the values you all try to sell is the reason for these stories.

    While the welfare of everything and everyone is important, you folks in media operate under false logic. The justification for the importance of this single family drama is that media says it gives folks what they want. This is the false premise because media gives what it wants for the money. Highlighting the travails of this Palin family is actually NOT what majorities WANT from CNN!

    January 22, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. nadine

    Why is this news?

    January 22, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Len in Washington

    Come on.
    This belongs on Entertainment Tonight..not CNN's Political Ticker.

    You're losing your focus and risking your audience. Disappointing.

    January 22, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Dennis

    This isn't news...and it surely isn't political news that fits with the 'political ticker'.

    January 22, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. C Spurgeon

    Thats expensive child support. What did she do ..figure out what it would take to break him. She sounds like shes taking her cue from MOM...Get it while you can.

    January 22, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Justin - NC

    Why can't Sarah and Bristol pay for that child? After all, she's raking in thousands a speaking engagement, hundred thousand for a photo. If I was Levi, I'd try to spill everything on Palin in hopes of getting custody and then make them pay me child support.

    January 22, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. rich in az

    With Bristol's income she should be paying Levi. Sarah, take your brood and disappear, please.

    January 22, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. Tim L.

    This is news why. Who cares. Just another palin trying to get air time

    January 22, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    It figures. Let's see.....then Gov Palin told Levi not to come around anymore didn't she? Since it takes 2 to tango, why put the blame on Levi? It seems it still all about money in they eyes of the Palins.

    January 22, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. Scott, Tucson

    I'm sorry but how can this story be considered political for this blog? How about asking democratic politicians if they plan on inviting obama to aid in their reelection efforts?

    January 22, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. Donkey Party

    CNN, the CONSERVATIVES are in the process of destoying the fabric of our Democracy, and your lead story on the Ticker is about a dumb little harlot and TMZ? This is more important than the Neo-Con stacked Supreme Court and how they are the "radical judicial activists legislating from the bench", after all the hype over Sonia Sotomayor??? The good news, is that these 5 Right-winger Supreme Court Justices just painted the biggest target on their backs (or heads, hopefully), and one can only hope that someone stops their revolt against America by "dispatching" them to Hell where they belong. Then President Obama can replace them with someone who doesn't champion the destruction of America like the Right-wing so obviously wants. And while we're at it, bring all troops home to fight the real threat to America, the Conservative activists.

    January 22, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  12. Al

    How is it that all my godless, immoral, liberal, city dwelling friends avoid having unplanned illegitimate pregnancies while the daughter of the spokeswoman for conservative values can't seem to manage it?

    Makes you wonder.

    January 22, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Baby daddy, momma drama is not necessary when people use the legal course of action in the beginning. You'd think the Palins would know how to take care of this kind of business when a child is born out of wedlock and not one year later. The truth is yet to come.

    January 22, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. Mike

    And why is this on the Political Ticker?

    January 22, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. Sniffit

    Leave it for Jerry Springer CNN...seriously...this isn't "political" news, it's a trailer trash soap opera worthy of a 12p.m. timeslot right after Price is Right and people throwing chairs at each other while yelling in ebonics.

    January 22, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. katiec

    Number one, why in the heck is the a headline?? Oh, forgot CNN's love affair with any Palin.
    Number two, $1,750?? Wow. Is this in support of a life style? Think
    it is far above what is normal. Course with this 19 year old starting
    a "consulting" firm maybe she needs "petty" cash.

    January 22, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. Ren from Baltimore

    Sarah Palin was as much to blame for any of this as these two "kids" so I wouldn't really expect Levi to have to pay the Palin family.

    January 22, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. M.

    Why is this on the POLITICAL Ticker?

    January 22, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. Paula

    Levi Is a joke! A sorry excuse for a man. I wish Bristol the best. Forget that idiot.

    January 22, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. mark ferbet, KCMO

    He should pay. However, he better get a good lawyer, or the Palin's will own him.

    January 22, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. Erasmus

    This is not politics, it is gossip/entertainment. CNN, you should know the difference.

    January 22, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  22. EJW

    Here's and idea–why doesn't Bristol get a job!! that is after she completes a birth control class.

    January 22, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. true daughter of the american revolution

    why is this news????

    January 22, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  24. Aunt Bea and Opie

    What a wonerful smile she has at the thought of cashing in,must be in the genes.hahaha

    January 22, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  25. Becker

    I fail to see the reason why this needs to be published. I guess CNN is becoming the National Inquirer.

    January 22, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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