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Purported father seeking custody of Bristol Palin's baby

Texans might find it interesting that Medal of Honor winner Dakota Meyer is seeking joint legal custody of Bristol Palin's second child, a daughter born on Dec. 23. Meyer was previously engaged to Palin, who is the daughter of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and believes he is the baby's biological father. Palin has not publicly identified the father of the child.

Meyer, who lives in Greensburg, Kentucky, was supposed to marry Palin in May 2015, but the nuptials were abruptly canceled just days before the ceremony. His lawyer told the media that the former Marine is excited about being a father and wants to be a "big part" of his child's life. He is asking the court for joint legal custody and shared physical custody of the child.

Palin has been an outspoken supporter of abstinence since she gave birth to her first child as an unmarried 18-year-old in 2008, when her mother was selected as the running mate of GOP presidential candidate U.S. Sen. John McCain. In a blog post announcing her second pregnancy, she acknowledged that the news would be a "huge disappointment" to some of her family and supporters. Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor for saving 36 lives during an ambush in Afghanistan in 2009. Military officials said he killed at least eight enemy combatants while he was wounded, saving 13 American military members and 23 Afghan soldiers.

Custody disputes can be emotional and complex. A parent who is seeking joint legal custody may benefit by having the assistance of a family law attorney in negotiating an agreement that meets the best interests of the child.

Source: ABC News, "Dakota Meyer Seeks Joint Custody of Child With Bristol Palin," Mark Thiessen, Jan. 6, 2016

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