Bristol Palin has her hands full with two kids and two custody battles. The former abstinence advocate may soon have to hand her newborn daughter over to the child’s father for visitation. According to E! News, Bristol’s former fiancé Dakota Meyer filed a motion for interim visitation and interim joint legal custody of their newborn daughter Sailor Grace. While proceedings are currently under way for the joint legal custody Meyer previously requested, the war veteran has now filed a motion for expedited consideration of visitation so he can speed up the process and spend time with the baby sooner.
Bristol Palin has not publicly confirmed that Meyer is the father of Sailor Grace, who is now 2-months-old, but she hasn’t denied it either. In a post on her Patheos blog, Palin revealed that the baby was even planned because she thought she was going to marry Meyer.
“This pregnancy was actually planned. Everyone knows I wanted more kids, to have a bigger family. Believing I was heading that way, I got ahead of myself. Things didn’t go as planned, but life keeps going. Life moves on.”
Palin and Meyer called off their engagement last spring just days before their wedding was set to take place in Kentucky, and Bristol announced she was pregnant two months later. While Bristol hasn’t named Sailor Grace’s father, Dakota posted an Instagram photo of the baby shortly after her birth and called her a “blessing” and the “best Christmas present ever.”
But two weeks after Bristol have birth to her second bundle of joy, her mom Sarah Palin slammed Meyer for seeking joint custody and child support. Mama Palin told Entertainment Tonight that Dakota initially had no interest in Bristol’s pregnancy or the baby. The former Alaska governor accused the Marine Corps veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient of trying to “save face.”
“For many months we have been trying to reach out to Dakota Meyer and he has wanted nothing to do with either Bristol’s pregnancy or the baby.”
Bristol Palin’s rep, David Martin, slammed Meyers even further for asking for child support from Bristol.
“My values are such that a real American hero doesn’t ask for child support.”
News of Bristol Palin’s new custody battle with Dakota Meyer comes just days after she settled her lengthy battle with former fiancé Levi Johnston. Johnston is the father of Palin’s first son, Tripp. In a lengthy Facebook post, Johnston revealed that he spent $100,000 in legal fees during the 7-year custody battle, which ultimately awarded him and Palin joint custody of their 7-year-old son. In his post, Johnston said he was happy to have the long court battle finally behind him and he added that he was glad to be able to successfully co-parent with Bristol.
These babies are my world and I will always be doing what is best for them. Every child deserves two loving parents, so I will continue to encourage that no matter what. I have never, and will never, keep them from having a positive relationship with their fathers. I did not "lose" any custody case – my son has always spent most of his time with me and he will continue to do so, he is happy, healthy, and knows both of his parents love him.. ❤️ Matthew 5:11
While it sounds like everything is now going well between the once bitter exes, Palin later took to her blog and social media to post that she did not “lose” the custody case. The single mom also made it clear that she has never kept her children from seeing their fathers.
“These babies are my world and I will always be doing what is best for them. Every child deserves two loving parents, so I will continue to encourage that no matter what. I have never, and will never, keep them from having a positive relationship with their fathers. I did not “lose” any custody case – my son has always spent most of his time with me and he will continue to do so, he is happy, healthy, and knows both of his parents love him.”
A trial setting conference is set for March 30 for Bristol Palin and Dakota Meyer’s custody case. Check out the video below for more on the ex-couple’s custody battle.
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