Judge in trial to set child sup­port for Bris­tol Palin’s son urges res­o­lu­tion

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS -

PALMER, Alaska (AP) — A judge in Alaska has set a date for the child sup­port trial of Bris­tol Palin and the fa­ther of her son but urged the two to work out a res­o­lu­tion be­fore then.

Judge Kari Kris­tiansen en­cour­aged Palin and Levi Johnston, both 19, to work with a judge who spe­cial­izes in such mat­ters in a set­tle­ment con­fer­ence and not go to trial. She set a court date for Sept. 23-24. Palin, a daugh­ter of for­mer Repub­li­can vice-pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Sarah Palin, at­tended the 20-minute child sup­port hear­ing in Palmer Su­pe­rior Court.

Her for­mer fi­ance did not ap­pear or par­tic­i­pate by phone.

Kris­tiansen told Rex But­ler, Johnston’s lawyer, that it would have been bet­ter if his client had par­tic­i­pated.

Bris­tol Palin is seek­ing nearly $1,700 a month in child sup­port to care for their son, Tripp.

Her preg­nancy was an­nounced just days af­ter her mother, then gov­er­nor of Alaska, was tapped by Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date John McCain to be his run­ning mate.

Palin and Johnston, a cur­rent Play­girl cover model, broke up shortly af­ter Tripp’s birth in De­cem­ber 2008.

Palin’s lawyer has com­plained that Johnston hasn’t been forth­com­ing with his in­come.

At­tor­ney Thomas Van Flein has asked a judge to is­sue sub­poe­nas to ob­tain pay­ments made to Johnston by me­dia com­pa­nies.

Johnston has said he wasn’t paid for many of the me­dia in­ter­views. A judge hasn’t ruled on the re­quest. The court is de­ter­min­ing the amount of child sup­port based on Johnston’s ad­justed gross in­come, which is es­ti­mated be­tween $100,000 and $105,000. Johnston has said his in­come from the en­ter­tain­ment field can be er­ratic.

Palin wants $1,688 a month in child sup­port. She also is ask­ing for retroac­tive pay­ments to the boy’s birth, or $19,232 to­tal. That does not in­clude $4,400 Johnston has al­ready paid in child sup­port.

The judge Thurs­day en­cour­aged But­ler to get his client’s fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion to the court, say­ing it was past due.

Van Flein said he had “ev­ery con­fi­dence” that the child sup­port is­sue would be re­solved in the next two weeks.

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