Bristol Palin is proving that co-parenting can be done amicably. The single mom of two has consented to former fiance Dakota Meyer’s court petition to have their infant daughter’s last name changed from Palin to Meyer. An attorney for Bristol Palin told People that Palin actually verbally agreed to the name change “some time ago” and that the two exes have been “talking directly and just being parents without involving the lawyers.”
The name of Bristol Palin and Dakota Meyer’s daughter is listed as Sailor Grace Palin on her birth certificate, but the baby’s name will now be legally changed to Sailor Grace Palin Meyer.
Bristol Palin recently posted an Instagram photo that shows her and Dakota Meyer hanging out together with their baby girl in Alaska. Bristol captioned the pic #coparenting. It seems the two have worked out their differences — at least when it comes to their daughter.
But things weren’t always so cordial between Bristol and Dakota. The former lovebirds engaged in a lengthy custody battle earlier this year before an Alaska judge awarded the exes joint legal and physical custody of their daughter. The judge ruled that Kentucky native Meyer may travel to Alaska to care for his daughter twice a month for four consecutive days. Shortly after the custody ruling, Bristol shared a photo of the American war hero holding their daughter during one of his visits, which she wrote that the pic was “too cute not to share.”
Bristol Palin has long made headlines for her custody issues with her exes. When her ex-fiance, Levi Johnston, gained joint custody for their 7-year-old son, Tripp, earlier this year, Palin took to Instagram to reiterate that she didn’t “lose” a custody battle. Instead, Palin said that every child deserves two loving parents and that she would always encourage her kids to have positive relationships with their fathers.
Still, Johnston posted a lengthy message on Facebook, revealing that it took him seven years and $100,000 to get come to a viable custody agreement with Palin. Johnston added that he is “happy now to be successfully co-parenting” with Bristol.
While Bristol has seemingly made nice with her exes, her mom, Sarah Palin, wasn’t exactly happy earlier this year when Meyer first sought joint custody of baby Sailor. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Sarah Palin claimed Meyer “wanted nothing to do” with either Bristol or the baby when her daughter was pregnant and that he was just trying to “save face” by accepting responsibility for the child. Hopefully, Sarah has changed her tune on her granddaughter’s father, because Bristol certainly seems like she has.
Bristol Palin and Dakota Meyer were engaged to be married last May, but they split up one week before their planned wedding date. Less than two months later, Bristol revealed that she was pregnant via a post on her Patheros.com blog, but she did not name the baby’s father. While Palin, a former teen abstinence advocate, admitted that her pregnancy was a big disappointment to her family and friends, she later revealed that the baby was actually planned with Meyer before their breakup because she thought they were going to get married.
“This pregnancy was actually planned,” Bristol wrote. “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. “
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