EXCLUSIVE: Who’s the daddy? Dakota Meyer’s custody battle with Bristol Palin

January 19, 2016

Source: The Daily Mail

Dakota Meyer’s custody battle with Bristol Palin escalates as he is forced to take a PATERNITY TEST amid confusion over baby’s actual birth date

  • Dakota Meyer has filed court papers asking for joint legal and physical custody and child support for Sailor Grace, his daughter with Bristol Palin
  • Documents reveal that the case is ‘pending action to determine paternity’
  • Meyer’s family tell Daily Mail Online they are ‘hurt’ over the doubt that has been cast and insisted that Meyer ‘has a right to part of the child’  
  • Bristol announced that Sailor Grace was born on December 23
  • Speculation has surfaced that the baby’s actual birth date is November 4
  • In a picture shared by Meyer the November date could be seen scribbled on Palin’s IV line – placing the birth almost two months before Palin claimed
  • Two weeks after Bristol says she gave birth she hit the shooting range 

Dakota Meyer, the former fiancé of Bristol Palin, is being forced to take a paternity test in an increasingly bitter custody battle over her new baby.


Court documents seen by Daily Mail Online reveal that Meyer’s bid for joint custody in a suit filed in Kentucky and Alaska has stalled pending the results of the paternity test.

Now Meyer’s family have told Daily Mail Online they are ‘hurt’ over the doubt that has been cast and insisted that Meyer ‘has a right to that child’, whose birth Palin announced on December 24.

Speaking from the family home in Greensburg, Kentucky, Meyer’s grandmother, Jean, 85, said: ‘It happens every day that a mother tries to keep a child from the father and you just have to deal with it.

‘But I would say it does hurt [to have to prove paternity]. But that’s just the way the law is – you have to get permission here and permission there.

‘I really think Dakota will do the right thing and I think he has a right to that child.’

Referring to Bristol, Jean said: ‘I’ve met her but I don’t really know her. But I helped raise Dakota and I do know him. He’s a strong young man and a good one.’

She added: ‘He will be a father to his child and he’ll be a good one he’s just got to get this girl and the law to agree.’

In a curious twist a question has also been raised over the actual birth date of Bristol’s baby.


An instagram photo posted by Palin, announcing the birth of Sailor on December 24 places the birth date one day earlier. The date of birth on court papers filed in the custody case is also given as December 23.

But the same Instagram picture posted by Meyer with the caption ‘Best Christmas present ever!!’ reveals a detail whited out in Palin’s account – the date scribbled on her IV line.

There, in black and white is a date that appears to read November 4 – placing the birth almost two months before Palin claimed.

Just two weeks after she says she gave birth to Sailor, Bristol hit the shooting range to show off her gun skills with family and friends.

The 25-year-old took to Instagram to share a photo of herself aiming what appear to be an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, as well as a short video that sees her shooting a handgun at a target, during a firearms training class with Mat-Su Tactical.

Bristol also shared a picture of herself with her mother, former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and her sister Willow, 21, alongside a group of other family members and friends, captioning the group snapshot ‘target practice’.

Sarah Palin has slammed daughter Bristol’s former fiance after he filed the court papers seeking custody of Sailor as well as child support from Bristol.


Sarah responded by telling Entertainment Tonight in a statement; ‘For many months we have been trying to reach out to Dakota Myers [sic] and he has wanted nothing to do with either Bristol’s pregnancy or the baby.’

She then said that Meyer is just trying to ‘save face’.

Bristol’s rep also released a statement, saying: ‘My values are such that a real American hero doesn’t ask for child support.’

Meyer, 27, previously implied he was the father of Sailor shortly after her birth when he wrote on Twitter: ‘Best Christmas present ever!! I couldn’t be more proud of this little blessing.’

He also included a photo of Bristol, 25, holding the newborn.

Bristol’s rep David Martin said that he does not know how Meyer obtained that photo.

It is the second child for Bristol, who is not married but was engaged to Meyer, a Marine Medal of Honor recipient, earlier this year.

The two called off their wedding just days before it was set to take place over Memorial Day weekend in Kentucky.

Bristol claimed earlier this year that the pregnancy had been planned.

The 25 year old wrote on her blog that she had always ‘wanted more kids’ and ‘to have a bigger family’.

‘Believing I was heading that way, I got ahead of myself,’ wrote Bristol.

‘Things didn’t go as planned, but life keeps going. I do not regret this baby. This baby is not a disappointment and I cannot wait to be a mom times two.’

Sgt. Meyer met Sarah and Bristol while filming an episode of Sarah’s outdoor-based show Amazing America in May 2013, and he and Bristol announced their engagement last March.

He popped the question while the two were in Las Vegas at a Rascal Flatts concert.

Sgt. Meyer, who served in the Marines for four years, was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in 2011.

He was given the top award after repeatedly charging into a kill zone during a 2009 ambush in Kunar Province, Afghanistan in search of four of his missing comrades.

He was able to rescue 36 troops and kill eight Taliban attackers despite being shot in the arms. He was not able to save his four fellow Marines, but went back and carried their bodies out.

Following the engagement, he also shared his excitement on social media, saying: ‘I’m definitely the luckiest guy ever to be able to spend the rest of my life with [Bristol].’

Palin had six-year-old Tripp, with former fiancé Levi Johnston.

She gave birth to the little boy when she was just 17 and she and Johnson ultimately broke up in 2009.

Since her mother’s failed bid to become vice president in 2008, Bristol has appeared on Dancing with the Stars and featured in her own Lifetime show with her son, Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp.

She also released a best-selling memoir in 2011, Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far.

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