Levi Johnston seeks flexible child support deal

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Levi Johnston, the father to former Gov. Sarah Palin’s grandchild, is asking a judge to grant flexibility in the child support he must pay to Palin’s daughter.

The Anchorage Daily News reports that Johnston, 19, contends he earned more than $100,000 in 2009 because of his national celebrity. But he says in court documents that there’s no guarantee that fame, or that amount of income, will continue.

Bristol Palin, the 19-year-old daughter of the former Republican vice presidential candidate, is seeking $22,750 — $1,750 a month — from her ex-fiance to cover the 13 months since the birth of their son, Tripp.

Johnston has paid $4,400 so far.

Thomas Van Flein, Bristol Palin’s attorney, says she and Johnston appear to be making progress toward a fair resolution.