Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston continue to battle in court over support of their 14-month-old son, Tripp. According to Radar Online, Bristol wants $1,750 a month in child support, retroactive to Tripp's birth, while Levi wants to see the kid and not give Bristol that much money. There's something about a custody battle between two high-school dropout 19-year-olds that's just incredibly sad.
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Papers filed by Bristol's attorney acknowledge that Levi has paid her $4,400 in the baby's life, so he's about $20,000 delinquent as of this month. Levi's lawyer replied that Levi never earned more than $10,000 a year before 2009—Bristol is asserting that Levi earned over $100,000 in 2009 (presumably for those pistachio commercials and posing in Playgirl), so that's what she's basing the child-support demand on. Bristol Palin Sues Levi Johnston For Custody
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Rex Butler, Levi's hilariously named lawyer (if you enjoy reading his words in Clark Gable's voice, as we do), says that Levi will pay Bristol 20 percent of his adjusted 2009 income, and that as far as his earning potential is concerned, "Levi Johnston stands before this court as a 19-year-old with good hopeful [sic] for an entertainment career but the chances of increased income are as unknowable as it would be for any young person working his way into the entertainment industry: not particularly good."
So that's what Tripp has to look forward to: his parents bickering over money, his grandmother slaughtering both the English language and the Constitution on Fox News, and a dinner of moose stew topped with lichen. Maybe he can get himself a baby modeling career going and become an emancipated minor before he's out of diapers.
Via Radar Online and TMZ. Photo via Bauer-Griffin.