Bristol Palin And Dakota Meyer Awarded Joint Custody Of Baby Daughter Sailor Grace
Bristol Palin and her ex-fiance Dakota Meyer were awarded joint physical and legal custody of their baby daughter Sailor Grace by an Alaska judge on Thursday.
Palin and Meyer started their custody battle three weeks after their daughter was born on December 23. Initially, Palin wouldn’t reveal the identity of the baby’s father, but the U.S. Marine soon came forward and filed legal documents seeking joint custody, as well as child support. Palin requested in a countersuit that she be awarded primary interim physical custody, but allowing for Meyer to have “reasonable” visitation rights.
The judge denied Palin’s plea on Thursday, arguing that it was in the child’s best interest to have both parents share equal custody. However, Sailor will remain living in Alaska with her mother, while the Kentucky-based Meyer will be permitted to visit the baby for four consecutive days, twice a month.
Meyer, who has yet to meet his nearly three-month-old daughter, will have his visitation rights go into affect later this month. And in May, he can begin overnight visits. It should be noted, Palin’s previous ex-fiance, Levi Johnston, was awarded joint custody of their seven-year-old son Tripp just last month. That case, however, took seven years and more than $100,000 in legal fees to settle.