Yes, here we are again, it's again about Bristol and Dakota. It is not "drama", because it is "drama drama drama" in this custody battle which is already off to a very rocky start.
The "Daily Mail" reports today that Dakota Meyer not only filed for custody for baby Sailor Grace in Alaska, but he also filed for custody in Kentucky, in the Adair District Court, on December 29, 2015. This means two things: First, Dakota Meyer is absolutely serious about this case, and second, the additional filing Kentucky might give him an advantage.
But there is more: The court in Kentucky has already decided that the "action is pending" in order to establish paternity."
So it is clear that paternity has to be established, one way or the other. There are actually several possibilities to establish paternity in Kentucky, as this website explains.
How To Establish Paternity
There are two basic paths that unmarried couples with a baby can take to establish paternity: the parents can sign a voluntary acknowledgement of paternity (VAP), or the question of paternity can be adjudicated (decided) by a judge of district court after someone files a paternity lawsuit.
Using the VAP form
The first way, which also happens to be simplest, is that the parents can choose to sign a VAP form. The VAP process is managed by the Kentucky Paternity Acknowledgement Program (KYPAP). When you go to the hospital or birthing facility to deliver your baby, the medical staff will give you the VAP. Staffers can also provide you with informational materials and help if you have questions. They can’t answer legal questions, but can make sure you’re directed to someone else who can offer help.
Both parents should read the VAP and, if they understand it and agree with it, both should sign and date it in the presence of a notary public (a professional witness registered with the State of Kentucky). The hospital or birthing center will have a notary public on staff and available to help you. The father’s name will then be added to the birth certificate, and the hospital or birthing center will send the birth certificate to the local Health Department. The Health Department will in turn send the certificate to the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics.
The VAP form is usually signed in the hospital, after the baby’s birth, but it can be signed outside the hospital, too. The forms you’ll need are available at your local registrar’s office. The registrar can also answer questions, notarize the paperwork, and forward the forms to Vital Statistics.
Parents always have the initial right to demand genetic testing to make sure there’s a DNA link between the father and the child. If parents aren’t sure about the biological paternity of a child, they should go to the local child support office in the county where the mother lives and ask for assistance in obtaining genetic testing to establish a DNA link between the parents and child. They shouldn’t sign a VAP if they have any doubts.
By signing the VAP, the parents are agreeing that the father is the biological father. The father agrees that he may become responsible for paying child support and medical insurance expenses (possibly including “costs of confinement,” which mean the prenatal medical and birth expenses incurred by the mother). The father also acknowledges that he doesn’t have custody or visitation rights simply because he signed the VAP. However, by signing the VAP, he has earned the opportunity to go to court and ask a judge to give him custody and visitation rights.
So that will be interesting, as Bristol Palin has only two choices, which are evidently both very inconvenient for her: Either establish paternity voluntarily, or be forced to take a DNA-test. Either Dakota is the father, which would give him rights, or he is not the father, which would be the most embarrassing thing ever for the Palins, and would even eclipse the infamous "Palin-brawl" in Anchorage.
But why would Bristol Palin have a problem with establishing Dakota Meyer as the father?
The answer is simple: Bristol Palin obviously hates Dakota Meyer.
The exact reasons for her hate are still unknown, but despite the fact that Bristol should know better, she has no problem with expressing her hate in public, already at this early point. It is not only her rather infamous mother Sarah Palin who already slammed Dakota Meyer in public...
...but Bristol Palin herself cannot help it either. Very recently, on her Instagram, where she has the username "bsmp2", Bristol openly "applauded" one of her fans, who said:
rosalyn1229 Count your blessing with gunfire, that you never married that scum of an ex. Medal of Honor my eye....... Medal of Moocher more fitting!
The symbol with the raised hands has a very straightforward definition:
So, if it already starts like this, then it is guaranteed that we will see much more of the same in the future, because the Palins are not exactly known for keeping their mouths shut.
For the record, Dakota Meyer's family is also not happy. The "Daily Mail" reports:
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.'
The "Daily Mail" also posted the first page of the legal document filed in Alaska by Dakota Meyer's lawyer, which is the first time I have seen it:
The most interesting quote in there:
"Meyer believes that he is the biological father
of the minor child."
Personally, I am not so sure what to "believe".
In any case, the custody battle will continue, with lots of "drama drama drama."
Great find by our reader "greenandgreens": Bristol Palin confirmed on her Instagram that Dakota Meyer has never met the baby Sailor Grace!
Oh yes, I forgot: Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer, who made it clear through his custody lawsuit that he wants to be a part of the child's life, is OBVIOUSLY a deadbeat dead. Why should he given the opportunity meet the baby...
But seriously: The Palin-family has a long history of trying to shut out fathers from their children, in particular Levi Johnston and Trooper Mike Wooten.
Screenshots from Bristol's Instagram:
After Sarah Palin became the Republican nominee for Vice President, the media discovered court records which put members of the Palin-family, and Sarah Palin in particular, in an awful light - as well as their lawyers. A judge went so far as too severely criticize the members of the Palin-family for their terrible behaviour during the trial.
Newsweek reported in September 2008:
An Anchorage judge three years ago warned Sarah Palin and members of her family to stop "disparaging" the reputation of Alaska State Trooper Michael Wooten, who at the time was undergoing a bitter separation and divorce from Palin's sister Molly.
Allegations that Palin, her husband Todd, and at least one top gubernatorial aide continued to vilify Wooten—after Palin became Alaska's governor and pressured state police officials to take action against him—are at the center of "Troopergate," a political and ethical controversy which has embroiled Palin's administration and is currently the subject of an official inquiry by a special investigator hired by the state legislature.
Court records obtained by NEWSWEEK show that during the course of divorce hearings three years ago, Judge John Suddock heard testimony from an official of the Alaska State Troopers' union about how Sarah Palin—then a private citizen—and members of her family, including her father and daughter, lodged up to a dozen complaints against Wooten with the state police. The union official told the judge that he had never before been asked to appear as a divorce-case witness, that the union believed family complaints against Wooten were "not job-related," and that Wooten was being "harassed" by Palin and other family members.
Court documents show that Judge Suddock was disturbed by the alleged attacks by Palin and her family members on Wooten's behavior and character. "Disparaging will not be tolerated—it is a form of child abuse," the judge told a settlement hearing in October 2005, according to typed notes of the proceedings. The judge added: "Relatives cannot disparage either. If occurs [sic] the parent needs to set boundaries for their relatives."
In a press release issued last week by her new lawyer, Palin continued to attack the character of Wooten—still serving as a state trooper in Palin's hometown of Wasilla. The release repeats allegations that Wooten had threatened members of her family, including her father, with violence; that Wooten had threatened to "bring" Palin and members of her family "down;" and that Wooten had once been the subject of a court-imposed domestic-violence protection order. A court filing by Wooten's lawyer indicates that within months of being issued, the violence protection order was dismissed.
There was a court-imposed domestic-violence protection order against Wooten in place, Sarah Palin's lawyer claimed in September 2008?
A very bold claim indeed! We at Politicalgates reported about this particular chapter of Sarah Palin's history already in a detailed post from June 2012. It turned out that the judge dissolved the order immediately after he discovered that he had been lied to, and even scolded Sarah Palin's sister Molly for keeping Wooten's kids away from him.
This was explained in detail in an old post by (former) Alaskan blogger Andrew Halcro, which is still available today via the Wayback Machine:
In a statement released on September 2 through her attorney Thomas Van Flein, Palin once again shows how her propensity for a misrepresentation of the facts got her into trouble to begin with.
Palin is attempting to get the investigation moved into the executive branch so it is reviewed by the personnel board.
In her statement, Palin writes, "In 2005 and early 2006, State Trooper Mike Wooten was the subject of a court-imposed Domestic Violence Protective Order."
As has been the governor's history with this issue, she offers up another twisted fact.
In 2005, Palin and her sister Molly went to the Palmer Courthouse while Mike Wooten was in Portland with his stepson. They convinced a judge to grant Molly a domestic violence restraining order against Wooten. This was done so Molly could retain full custody of the children.
When Wooten returned from Portland, he realized that there was a order prohibiting him from seeing his kids. Three weeks later, Wooten was granted an appearance in front of the couple's divorce judge.
In front of Judge Suddock, Molly testified that Wooten never hit her or never physically abused her or ever touched the children. She told the judge she was feeling pressure from her family to file the order.
Suddock immediately dissolved the order because there was no proof of any domestic violence and called the order an abuse of the legal system. He then scolded Palin's sister for keeping Wooten's kids away from him.
This appears to be Palin's classic approach to deflecting attention away from situations she has created; blame the other person.
"In front of Judge Suddock, Molly testified that Wooten never hit her or never physically abused her or ever touched the children. She told the judge she was feeling pressure from her family to file the order."
This should give Dakota Meyer something to think about.
A "blind-item" regarding baby Sailor Grace has been posted.
I believe that there is a very good chance that this blind-item is spot-on.
Also includes the picture of a lovely little sailor. ;-)
See for yourself: