Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s Husband Files for Divorce

By Paula Liu

The husband of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Todd Palin, just filed for divorce from his wife of 31 years, according to multiple reports.

Anchorage Daily News reported that in a divorce document filed on Sept. 6, Todd Palin has asked to dissolve his marriage to Sarah Palin, citing an “incompatibility of temperament between the parties such that they find it impossible to live together as husband and wife.”

Although the document filed did not use their full names, and instead, used initials, the couple’s marriage date and the birth date of the couple’s only minor child, Trig Palin, matched that of the one written on the document, the news outlet reported. The document also revealed that the couple requested joint custody of their youngest son.

Kimberlee Colbo, an Anchorage attorney, will represent Todd Palin in the divorce proceedings, according to Anchorage Daily News. It was reported that during the divorce filing, Colbo told the courts she wanted to keep the divorce confidential as it proceeded.

In addition to their youngest son, Trig Palin, the couple also had four children, all of whom are adults—Track, 30, Bristol, 28, Willow, 25, and Piper, 18.

Sarah Palin and family
Vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R) stands with members of her family in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sept. 3, 2008. Palin’s family members are (L-R) son Track, daughter Piper, daughter Willow holding infant son Trig, Levi Johnston, boyfriend of daughter Bristol, and Palin’s husband Todd. (John Gress/Reuters)

Sarah Palin was the governor of Alaska from 2006 until her resignation from the office in 2009, according to New York Daily News. During her time in office, she served on John McCain’s presidential ticket as the vice presidential nominee in 2008.

When Palin got married to Todd Palin, who was a commercial fisherman, the pair’s marriage was frequently seen on television, and other forms of media outlets.

After Sarah Palin resigned as governor in 2009, she kept herself away from Alaskan politics, and instead turned her focus to building an identity through book writing, public speaking, and her presence on social media, according to Anchorage Daily News.

Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin
Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks while campaigning for Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore at the Historic Union Station Train Shed in Montgomery, Ala., on Sept. 21, 2017. (Tami Chappell/Reuters)

According to Washington Examiner, there had been rumors regarding the couple’s divorce that went back almost ten years. PEOPLE reported back in 2009 that Sarah Palin had denied rumors the couple were planning a divorce. The media outlet reported that there were also rumors Sarah Palin would move her family to a house in Montana, something that Sarah Palin denied via email to the media outlet.

In 2009 she wrote, “no truth to any of the rumors. No divorce. No affairs. No land in Montana. Nothing! All lies and fabrications,” she wrote in an email to PEOPLE.

Todd Palin’s father, Jim Palin, also echoed Sarah Palin’s statement, denying the validity of the rumors. A family acquaintance who saw them in Dillingham, Alaska during July 2009 also stated that the couple had looked very happy together.