Judge Orders Levi to Cough Up Child Support

Johnston skips Wasilla court hearing
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2010 2:36 AM CST
Bristol Palin and then-boyfriend Levi Johnston at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul Minn., in 2008.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, file)
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(Newser) – A judge told Levi Johnston yesterday that he's going to have to share some of his Playgirl earnings with the Palin family. The 19-year-old pop was ordered to pay 14 months of back child support for the baby boy he fathered with Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol, the New York Daily News reports. He now owes up to $19,000 in back support payments.

Bristol—who subpoenaed Johnston's pay stubs from news organizations—is seeking ongoing payments of some $1,700 a month, but Johnston has argued that his income is erratic. A hearing on that request is set for September, but the judge has urged all parties to come to an agreement sooner. Bristol Palin attended yesterday's hearing in Wasilla but Johnston's lawyer was scolded by the judge for his client's absence.

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