Bristol Palin, Dakota Meyer awarded joint custody of Sailor Grace


An Alaska Superior Court judge has issued an interim order requiring both Bristol Palin and ex-fiancé Dakota Meyer to share joint custody of their baby daughter Sailor Grace. The ruling, obtained and reported on by The Daily Mail, goes against the requested wishes of Palin.

It reads, in part:

“The mother objects to overnight visitation because the child is currently breastfeeding nightly. However the court finds it in the best interests of the child that overnight visitation [with the father] occur. Mother is to provide father with an adequate supply of milk or formula for overnight visitation.”

The pair have been battling over custody issues since before the baby was born last December 23. While trying to hash out a schedule, Bristol argued that Sailor could not be with her father for more than four hours due to a rigorous breastfeeding schedule.

The ruling states that Meyer will be able to make the trip from his home in Kentucky to Alaska and have time with his daughter for four consecutive days, twice a month starting in May. Meyer will be allowed 4-hour visits with his daughter beginning March 18, but he is seeking an extension of that time.

Meyer has yet to see his daughter as Palin moved back to Alaska before she was born.

This news comes after a recent post from Levi Johnston, the father of Palin’s 7-year-old son Tripp, in which he said he and Bristol finally reached a settlement on their custody battle.

He wrote (via ET):

“I’m so happy to have my son in my life, and to put all of this back in forth in the courts behind me. It might have taken me 7 years and cost me around $100,000 in lawyer fees, spread out among 3 different lawyers, as well as a lot of patience, but it was all worth it. Despite what some have heard I’ve always been there for him, and I go to almost every school event that I can and spend all of my free time with my kids. Right now life is really looking up for our family. Even though fathers in this country don’t usually have the upper hand in court, I encourage every father to never give up on fighting to keep their kids in their life. It’s always worth it.”

Via documents and text messages obtained by The Daily Mail, it’s revealed that Meyer, the second youngest living Medal of Honor recipient-awarded for his valor as a Marine in Afghanistan, agreed with Palin on full-day visits with no overnights. Palin later changed her mind when she learned that Meyer wanted limited time in Palin’s company.

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