Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer is seeking joint custody of his child with Bristol Palin, but he is not asking for child support, according to his attorney.
Other media outlets first reported on Wednesday that Meyer, a former Marine sergeant, filed for joint legal custody of his daughter Sailor Grace Palin, who was born on Dec. 23.
“Meyer and Palin had a relationship and were engaged to be married until May, 2015,” according to a complaint filed in Alaska superior court by Meyer’s attorney. “Meyer believes that he is the biological father of the minor child.”
Furthermore, it is Sailor Palin’s best interests that both biological parents share joint legal custody of her, Meyer’s attorney argues in the complaint.
“Dakota couldn't be more excited to be a new father and the best dad that he can be,” his attorney Kimberlee Colbo said Wednesday in a statement to Marine Corps Times. “To him, that means being a big part of his daughter's life. Beyond that, he'd really appreciate and thank his friends, supporters and the news media for respecting the privacy of each family in this very personal matter.”
The complaint calls for awarding child support, but Colbo clarified that Meyer is not asking Palin to pay child support.
“At this point, no one is seeking child support,” Colbo said in the statement. “Mr. Meyer simply seeks to be a part of his daughter's life.”
Palin’s attorney John Tiemessen declined to comment on Wednesday.
Meyer was awarded the military’s highest valor award in 2011. At the time, he was the first living Marine recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. On Sept. 8, 2009, he charged into a kill zone in Afghanistan five times, and on the last time he recovered the bodies of three Marines and a Navy corpsman who had been pinned down by Taliban fighters.
“Dakota, I know that you’ve grappled with the grief of that day; that you’ve said your efforts were somehow a ‘failure’ because your teammates didn’t come home,” President Obama said when presenting Meyer with the Medal of Honor. “But as your Commander-in-Chief, and on behalf of everyone here today and all Americans, I want you to know it’s quite the opposite. You did your duty, above and beyond, and you kept the faith with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps that you love.”