Bristol Palin Seeks Child Support from Levi Johnston 1

Bristol Palin and Levi JohnstonBristol Palin, the eighteen-year-old daughter of the former Governor of Alaska and former Republican Vice Presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, has now officially requested child support from her child’s father, Levi Johnston. According court documents filed in Anchorage, Alaska, Bristol requests child support in the amount of $1,750 per month from Johnston, the father of one-year-old, Tripp.

Bristol alleges that she provides nearly one hundred percent of the child’s care, and that Johnston has only paid $4,400 in support since Tripp’s birth. Johnston’s lawyer claims that his client attempted to give money to Bristol, requesting that she come pick up the funds and bring Tripp with her on those occasions, but that Bristol never appeared to claim the money. Johnston’s manager says that Johnston has paid more than $10,000 since Tripp was born in December 2008.

Johnston posed for “Playgirl” magazine in 2009 and has made numerous press appearances. Bristol believes Johnston made “in excess of $105,000 in 2009 through various media interviews and modeling related activities.” Under Alaska family law, a non-custodial parent must pay 20% of income up to $105,000 a year for the support of a single child. Twenty percent of $105,000 comes to $1,750 a month. The $1,750 a month request is for temporary and retroactive support pending a permanent order. Presumably, if Bristol can prove that Johnston did make more than $105,000, the permanent support figure might actually be more than $1,750.

Library topics: Child Support, Alaska Family Law