LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer's next battle could be in an Alaskan courtroom as he sues for joint custody of Bristol Palin's baby.
Meyer, in court documents obtained by WKYT, says he seeks joint legal and shared custody of Palin's newborn.
Palin, the daughter of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, gave birth to Sailor Grace Palin on Dec. 23. On Dec. 24, Meyer posted a picture of a baby on Twitter with the caption "Best Christmas present ever!! I couldn't be more proud of this little blessing."
Palin and Meyer were set to be married in May of 2015 on his Kentucky farm. Just weeks before the wedding, the couple called it quits. A few weeks later, Palin revealed she was pregnant, but never identified the father.
The lawsuit filed Monday in Alaska says, "Meyer and Palin had a relationship and were engaged to be married until May, 2015. Meyer believes that he is the biological father of the minor child."
Meyer requested child support in accordance with Alaska law. He also requested the right to claim the child as a dependent for income tax purposes on alternating years.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Bristol's mother, former vice-presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said, "For many months we have been trying to reach out to Dakota Myers and he has wanted nothing to do with either Bristol's pregnancy or the baby."
She also suggested that Meyer is attempting to "save face."
Bristol's rep also released a statement to Entertainment Tonight saying, "My values are such that a real American hero doesn't ask for child support."
Meyer's attorney Craig L. McCloud provided WKYT with the following statement Wednesday night:
"Dakota couldn't be more excited to be a new father. His priority is to be a part of Sailor Grace's life.
Dakota appreciates his friends, supporters, and the media for respecting the privacy of each family during this very personal matter.
As his attorney, I would add that as part of the custody decision the Alaskan court must make, the court will also make decisions regarding child support. However, no one is seeking child support at this time. Mr. Meyer simply seeks to play an active role in his daughter's life."