Sarah Palin’s son in second custody dispute

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, January 5, 2017.

Illinois residents may be interested to hear that Sarah Palin’s 27-year-old son Track may be back in court soon. The former vice presidential candidate’s son has a newborn child with his ex-girlfriend, and the mother has filed for custody of the child in a court in Alaska. Palin has previously been involved in another child custody dispute, this one with his former wife over their daughter.

In January 2016, Palin was arrested following a domestic dispute involving his ex-girlfriend. He was charged with domestic violence assault, interfering with a domestic violence police call, and possession of a weapon while intoxicated. The first two charges were later dismissed. He pleaded guilty to the third charge and agreed to take part in a therapy program. After the arrest, his ex-wife successfully changed their custody agreement, limiting the time he is allowed to spend with his now 4-year-old daughter.

Courts generally agree that its in the best interest of the child to be raised by both parents. In many cases, a judge will award the parents joint custody. This means that both parents have a legal right to make decisions about their child’s upbringing. A parent might also have sole physical custody of a child but joint legal custody. This means that the child will live with that parent and visit the other parent.

Under certain circumstances, a parent might be awarded sole legal and physical custody. A court may decide sole custody is in the best interest of the child if the other party is judged to be an unfit parent. A person with a history of violent behavior, child neglect, or drug use may be considered unfit. A family lawyer can help a parent seeking custody to decide what type of legal rights the other parent should have when it comes to being involved in their child’s life.

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