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INTERVIEW: Lawyer Says Bristol Palin Pleased As Judge Orders Levi Johnston To Pay Overdue Child Support

Feb. 25 2010, Published 7:45 a.m. ET

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An Alaskan judge today ordered Levi Johnston to pay Bristol Palin nearly $18,000 in overdue child support payments.

Bristol’s lawyer Thomas Van Flein told “Bristol was in court today and she was pleased with the way things went. Levi was not present in court.”

Palmer Superior Court Judge Kari Kristiansen granted Bristol’s motion for interim child support payments and allowed her lawyer to subpoena Johnston’s commercial earnings.

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The retroactive payments date to when the couple’s son Tripp was born in December 2008; the pair split shortly afterward. The judge set a court date of September 23 for their child support trial and noted that it would have been better for Levi if he had attended Thursday’s court action.

Van Flein told about his client: “She still has both physical and legal custody of their son although she has been working with Levi so that he can see him on Saturdays.

“The pair are communicating via text and e-mail and are deciding to put their son first – we are actively working with Levi’s lawyer to get a more regular schedule set-up and we hope to have everything in place before the next court date on September 23, 2010.

“The payments amount to around $18,000 and date back to when their son was born and Levi will be paying around $1600 a month in on-going child support payments.

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“It should take us around two weeks to subpoena his commercial earnings after the judge granted this to us today.

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“Bristol just wants to get on with her life as this point and is determined to raise her son in a positive and loving fashion – all parties are working together at this point.”

Palin recently announced that she will make her acting debut in The Secret Life of The American Teenager.

Bristol will be playing herself as one of Amy’s (Shailene Woodley) friends at a music program for teen mothers, in an episode to be shot in LA.

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America’s most famous teenage mom is expected to jet into Los Angeles next week for four days of filming.



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