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Bristol Palin says ex owes $39,000 in back child support

Bristol Palin, daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, made headlines three years ago when she and her fiancée welcomed a baby. They've since split up, and now Palin is claiming her ex, Levi Johnston, owes her nearly $39,000 in child support payments.

As it turns out, Johnston is expecting a new baby with his current girlfriend. Palin claims that Johnston has not paid her child support for 22 straight months. He is apparently required to pay $1,750 per month in support.

Palin's attorney says that they had hoped Johnston would make payments voluntarily, but that doesn't seem to have happened. However, Palin so far has not requested a court order to force Johnston to pay child support because collection efforts could strain their relationship further than it already is, according to the New York Daily News.

Johnston claimed recently that the Palins were trying to prevent him from seeing his 3-year-old son, a charge they deny. They claim that they have never discouraged him from seeing his son.

In February, Johnston tweeted something that raised a few eyebrows. During the Super Bowl, he noted that he had placed $2,500 on the Patriots and that the amount was "this months child support interest alone!"

With another baby on the way, paying the child support may seem even more unlikely for Johnston. It remains to be seen whether Palin will initiate court proceedings to force him to pay or perhaps garnish his wages.

Source: New York Daily News, "Bristol Palin: Levi Johnston owes me nearly $39,000 in child support," Brian Browdie, April 7, 2012

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