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Former ‘first dude’ wants to divorce ex-Alaska governor Sarah Palin, reports say

Todd Palin is reported to have filed papers to divorce his wife of 31 years who was the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee.

Then Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd wave as they leave the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Anchorage (Ted S. Warren/AP)
Then Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd wave as they leave the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Anchorage (Ted S. Warren/AP)

By Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press

Sarah Palin’s husband, commonly referred to as Alaska’s “first dude” when she was governor, appears to be seeking a divorce from his wife of 31 years.

Paperwork believed to be from Todd Palin cited “incompatibility of temperament” in seeking to end his marriage to the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee.

The filing on Friday in Anchorage Superior Court only identified the couple by initials.

The initials, birthdates and wedding date match the Palins, as do the initials given for their only young child.

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Sarah Palin holds her husband’s Todd’s hand in a 2009 file picture (Al Grillo/AP)

The documents list the minor as T.P.V.P., born April 18 2008, the same date Mrs Palin gave birth to Trig Paxon Van Palin, the youngest of the couple’s five children.

The Palins married in 1988.

After Mrs Palin became governor in 2006, Todd Palin continued to fish commercially and work an oil field job on the North Slope.

Their lives were ever changed after Republican presidential candidate John McCain picked Mrs Palin as his running mate.

There is an incompatibility of temperament between the parties such that they find it impossible to continue to live together as man and wife Court document

During her speech to the Republican National Convention, Mrs Palin said of her husband: “We met in high school, and two decades and five children later, he’s still my guy.”

But the family is no stranger to domestic upheavals, starting with the news soon after she joined the McCain ticket that her then-teenage daughter, Bristol, was pregnant.

More recently, the couple’s eldest son, Track, served less than two months at an Anchorage halfway house after a conviction for assaulting his father in 2017.

Track Palin also was accused of punching his then-girlfriend in 2016.

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The Palins head to Wasilla to vote in the 2008 presidential election (Ted S. Warren/AP)

He pleaded guilty to misdemeanour possession of a firearm while intoxicated, and other charges were dismissed.

A brawl broke out at an Anchorage house party involving members of Mrs Palin’s family in 2014, with allegations that Bristol Palin punched the host several times in the face.

No arrests were made, and no one wanted to press charges, according to a police report.

In the divorce filing believed to be from Mr Palin, he seeks joint custody of the child living at home.

He also wants an “equitable division” of marital debts and assets.

“There is an incompatibility of temperament between the parties such that they find it impossible to continue to live together as man and wife,” the complaint said.

Kimberlee Colbo, an Anchorage lawyer for the plaintiff, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

She filed paperwork to keep the divorce confidential to protect the privacy of the child.

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Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin arrive at a Republican congressional fundraiser (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Ms Colbo also has represented Dakota Meyer in divorce proceedings from the Palins’ eldest daughter, Bristol.

Anchorage blogger Craig Medred first reported on the divorce.

Lawyer John Tiemesen has represented the family in the past and said that he knew nothing about the divorce papers until he saw Medred’s article.

Mr McCain and Mrs Palin eventually lost the 2008 presidential election to the Democratic Party pairing of Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

PA

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