By Erica Christian
Cordell & Cordell, P.C.
Note: This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Click here to read Part 2.
Although this is not the scenario you hear on the news everyday, let’s say you had a great year financially in 2009. Sales were up, bonuses were paid, and overtime was plentiful. You look at your 2009 W2 and sigh as you know 2010 will be a drastically different year. You took a pay reduction, sales are crawling, and your boss is talking about potential layoffs. Well for a person who is ordered to pay child support, this fluke year could drastically affect any modifiable support order.
Such might be the case for Levi Johnston. On Nov. 3, 2009, Bristol Palin filed a legal petition seeking sole custody of their minor child, Tripp, and $1,700 per month in child support. Reports indicate that Levi is ordered to pay Bristol $21,561.12 as backpay for support dating back to the date of birth. Levi has a child support order going forward of $1,688.42 per month. The 19 year old father had a big year in 2009, filled with modeling and acting gigs and income generated from interviews and appearances. He went from never making more than $10,000 per year to over $100,000 in 2009.
But are these earnings what the aspiring actor/model can expect to receive in 2010 and thereafter?