As we told you earlier this month, Bristol Palin and baby daddy #2 Dakota Meyer reached an interim custody agreement — but now a more permanent ruling has been put in place as an Alaska Superior Court Judge ruled that the former couple must share both legal and physical custody of their daughter.
According to court papers obtained by DailyMail, the judge ultimately decided it would be in the best interest of baby Sailor Grace to remain in Alaska with Bristol, but Meyer will be able to visit the wee one from Kentucky twice a month for four consecutive days each.
Although Sarah Palin‘s daughter originally objected to visits longer than four hours due to her breastfeeding schedule, text messages sent to Meyer prove that the momma-of-two is actually only breastfeeding Sailor at night.
The judge said:
“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’s full-day visits with his daughter — whom he hasn’t met since her birth in December — will begin this month. Overnight visits will be granted in May.
Court papers also show that the 25-year-old was originally fine with Meyer receiving full-day access to their daughter, until she learned he didn’t want her around during the visits.
The Medal of Honor recipient’s attorney argued that since Sailor is watched by a babysitter for eight to ten hours a day anyway, that she should be allowed to be in her father’s care for that same period of time without Bristol.
Additionally, Meyer provided a text message from Bristol saying she didn’t think about the consequences of moving back to Alaska after their split. The message read:
“[I] didn’t think about her when I called off the wedding, and I didn’t think about her when I left.”
Because of that, Meyer’s attorney argued:
“Her 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.”
Dakota has completed a court-ordered parenting course and has become infant CPR certified — something Bristol has not yet completed.
This seems like the best situation for Sailor to have both of her parents involved…
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