Alaska Superior Court Judge Herman G. Walker, Jr. has issued his ruling in the custody battle between Bristol Palin and Dakota Meyer over their two-month-old daughter Sailor Grace.
Palin, the daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, took Meyer, a Medal of Honor recipient, to court in an attempt to gain primary custody that would leave him with what she called “reasonable” visitation but no overnight visits.
Despite Palin’s argument that she needed full custody because she is breastfeeding Sailor every night, Judge Walked ruled in Meyer’s favor, concluding that the couple must share both legal and physical custody.
‘”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.”
Meyer has yet to meet his now two-month-old daughter because Palin insisted Meyer could only see Sailor if he agreed to a five hour maximum visit when it could fit into her schedule. The judge’s ruling says she is to stay in Alaska but that Meyer may visit her twice a month for up to four days each time.
“Her (Bristol) decision to move back to Alaska, a decision in which Mr. Meyer had no say, is why there is a need for something other than a traditional visitation schedule.
“She must now accommodate visitation between Mr. Meyer and Sailor and the fact that the visitation may inconvenience her or occur on weekends is simply a direct consequence of her own decisions.”