Bristol Palin Says Levi Is A "Great Dad," But Hasn't Paid Proper Child Support

Bristol Palin said recently that Levi Johnston, the father of her son Tripp, is a great father; however, Alaska courts are deliberating over what Levi owes in child support, as Bristol says she hasn't received proper payment in years.

"Levi is a great dad. We have a great co-parenting relationship and Tripp loves him," Bristol told Entertainment Tonight.

According to Alaska law, Palin and Johnston must go by what the court decides as far as payment amount and frequency and are not allowed to alter it in any way. It's unclear just how much Johnston owes, but Palin's rep, David Martin, says that the matter will be resolved soon.

"Child support in Alaska is calculated based on a mathematical formula in the Civil Rules. The parties are not allowed to use a different formula or forgive or excuse nonpayment," Martin said.


Bristol has been spending time with her family lately, sharing photos on Instagram of herself with her son, her newborn daughter, and her mom Sarah. The duo spent some time at Disney World recently, with Bristol praising her mother's youthful appearance.


Bristol made headlines recently when she took on Tina Fey, who has made her Sarah Palin impression a cornerstone of her comedy on Saturday Night Live for years. Bristol says that Fey's jabs at her mom have gotten old and that Tina doesn't hold a candle to Sarah in the looks department.

"I may be biased, but I think my mom trumps her in the looks department. (Especially for having three more kids and seven more years on Tina!) Saturday Night Live and Fey have been clinging to this impersonation a little too long. It's getting pathetic. Its been 7 years! Are they desperate for content? Or just desperate for viewers?" Bristol wrote on her blog.

Bristol also took on the Oscars controversy, throwing in her two cents regarding the stars who are boycotting the awards ceremony due to the lack of diversity within the nominees this year.

"As far as what I have seen about the #OscarSoWhiteControversy, it seems Jada Pinkett Smith started it because her husband wasn't getting nominated. I don't know how other people think about it, but I hope my son sees early on – that not everyone gets a trophy," she said.


Bristol has faced quite a bit of backlash lately after devoting the last several years to promoting teen abstinence and then announcing that she was pregnant with her second child out of wedlock. Her daughter's father, Dakota Meyer, was engaged to Palin up until a week before the wedding last year, when it was abruptly called off. He has since filed for joint custody of baby Sailor.

"I know this has been, and will be, a huge disappointment to my family, to my close friends, and to many of you. But please respect Tripp's and my privacy during this time. I do not want any lectures and I do not want any sympathy," she wrote in a blog post.

Bristol Palin has said that although she is in love with her son Tripp, she wishes things could have turned out differently by way of different choices.

"My life, my teenage years were cut completely short. I was on the fast track to adulthood just in an instant because of that one decision. And Tripp is just the love of my life. He is everything to me. But do I wish that he had a dad that was involved in his life? Absolutely. And do I wish that I had an education and a real career path? Absolutely," Palin told CNN in 2011.

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