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Judge approves child support for Bristol Palin

Bristol Palin
Bristol Palin
Mary Altaffer, Associated Press

PALMER, Alaska — A judge on Thursday approved child support for Bristol Palin and set a trial date to force the issue along, while urging her and the father of her son to work out a resolution outside of the courtroom.

Judge Kari C. 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.

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

Palin, a daughter of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, attended the 20-minute child support hearing in Palmer Superior Court, but her former fiance did not appear or participate by phone.