An Alaska judge yesterday ordered 19-year-old Levi Johnston to pay Bristol Palin 14 months of back child support for their son, Tripp, as well as a regular monthly amount going forward. Judge Kari C. Kristiansen did not set the sum yet, but Bristol is asking for $1,700 a month and more than $19,000 in retroactive support.
Levi did not attend the hearing in Wasilla, but Bristol's lawyer told TMZ afterward, "Bristol is pleased with the court rulings today and looks forward to resolving the remaining issues with Levi."
Levi's lawyer, Rex Butler, told ABC News, "The judge decided that Bristol should have child support, which we don't disagree with. Fortunately, Levi has put this money aside a long time ago. The back support is going to come out to about $10,000 to $13,000, and he's going to write Bristol a check."
We are frankly shocked that Levi did any sort of advance planning, if that's true. He seems like a fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants kind of fellow, when he's wearing pants. In her November filing Bristol asked for sole custody of Tripp, but Butler says Levi will petition for shared custody when the case goes to trial in September. Judge Kristiansen urged Bristol to attempt a private settlement with Levi rather than let it come to trial, and we agree. The less we hear about these two, the better it'll be for the kid.
But…that doesn't seem likely to happen, since Bristol announced this week that she will play herself on ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager, most likely as a cautionary tale of what happens when you don't use condoms. You get to live in your mom's huge, lovely house and not have a job and be on the covers of magazines and play with an adorable baby all day? Yes, that's exactly what the teenagers of America need to hear.
Via ABC News and TMZ. Photo via Bauer-Griffin.