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Sarah Palin’s Husband Files for Divorce After 31 Years of Marriage



The husband of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has filed for divorce after 31 years of marriage according to documents reported by the Anchorage Daily News.

55-year-old Todd Palin submitted the papers to the Anchorage Superior Court on August 29.

Sarah Palin is best known for running for vice president on the Republican ticket with the late Sen. John McCain in 2008. They lost that election to Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

The Palins have five children. Todd Palin asked for shared custody of their 11-year-old child Trig, who has Down Syndrome.

His reasoning for the divorce was “incompatibility of temperament between the parties such that they find it impossible to live together as husband and wife.”

Sarah Palin was a vocal supporter of then-candidate Donald Trump in the 2012 election, and continued promoting his policies after he was elected.

She most recently made headlines after her lawsuit against the New York Times was reinstated in August. She sued for defamation after they falsely claimed that there was a link between the Gabby Giffords mass attack in Tucson, Arizona, and her political action committee.

Here’s more about her lawsuit:

A version of this story appears on The Blaze website.

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  • Paul McLaughlin says:

    I’ve been through it, the divorce thing, and I have a special needs child. I understand the stress and polarization and all else that goes with their need to break it up, and Looking back I would implore both of them to eat humble pie and do what ever it takes to make it work. That being said it requires both to make that commitment. One cannot love enough for both, it requires 200 percent divided by two people committed.

    • Gabriel A. Santiago says:

      I too have gone through the divorce drama; I’ve come to realize that if love no longer exists between husband & wife, there is still love that carries on between father & mother, for the children. For now, as I see it, from afar, and from painful, personal experience, the best thing for Todd & Sarah is to move on, and focus all their attention & love for their five children; especially for their youngest, whose attention needs are of the greatest import. They decided to have children; from then on, they owed & still do, everything they can do for their children; even above any considerations they may have for themselves.

    • MReeves says:

      I’m with you Paul throwing away 31 years is just not worth it and think he will regret in years to come. Maybe just a mid life crisis that he needs to get over.

  • stephen russell says:

    May be she’ll back into politics?? consult, other?

  • Pamela G Conley says:

    I have been through this 4 times. They were all abusers. This most recent time I decided I needed to break the circle. I realize that I don’t pick well and am always trying to “fix” everyone. I had an abusive father whom I always tried to fix. He would beat the hell outta me and then throw money at me and tell me to go and buy something so I would feel better. Constant circle of beating, trying to fix and spending to feel better. I have broken that circle as much as I can and I will never do the “picking” again. If I ever get married again, God will pick, not me! I am living on my own now and I am almost debt free. Maybe one or two more years to go. My desire is to have a “real love” in my life. Someone who will walk across a swamp full of gaiters to bring me a lemonade! I know that someplace, somewhere there is a soul mate for me. I just have to wait on God. I know He will deliver and I can wait until He does!

    • Gloria says:

      Pamela— We have the same history. Waiting on God worked for me. Keep the faith! He will deliver. He’s busy training up your future spouse. Blessings!

    • Marilyn says:

      Been married 3 times and picked lousy husbands 3 times. Been divorced 30 yrs. Do what I want, self-sufficient, and am doing great. It takes two to make it work.

      • Red Devil 5th inf. says:

        Twice for me, been single for 34 years now and I totally agree with you, I wouldn’t have it any other way, I have 4 wonderful German Shepards that keep me company.

  • neo says:

    Always thought she was a beautiful woman

  • Dragonfly43 says:

    Stuff happens! Hopefully, they’ll try to become/remain friends. My ex and I have remained friends for years and I care deeply for him. We just can’t live together. We have no children together but it is important to maintain respect for each other especially when children are involved. Good luck to both of them.

  • Marilyn says:

    He’s an idiot! 31 yrs? She’s beautiful and successful. Maybe he’s jealous. Or- next news- he has another woman! Hmmm?

    • Gabriel A. Santiago says:

      Aside from being ignorant of any personal facts & or details pertaining to the Palin’s divorce, and the circumstances surrounding their decision, your assessment, which is basically your own opinion for the cause of the Palin’s failed marriage seems mean-spirited & gratuitous. You are possessed, Marilyn of the usual cynicism found about people who are either jealous, or just plain uncharitable. God help your spouse, if you have one.

    • Pinsky says:

      There’s a another. Otherwise, he wouldn’t leave, mostly.

  • Gabriel A. Santiago says:

    What would’ve happened if then Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had turned down then Arizona U.S. Senator John McCain’s offer to be his running mate? In my humble opinion, for what it’s worth: Sarah Palin would’ve had a more successful governorship; leading her to run, and probably win a successful 2nd term – at the time, her approval rate as governor was at 80 + %. Her private life would’ve remained private, instead of it being a target for a rabidly Liberal & libelous media/ press. Perhaps her attention would’ve been better spent dealing with difficult family issues, which became an obscene national spectacle, thanks to the ‘Fake News Media.’ All in all, the Palin’s family life would’ve been far more normal & far less “scandalous.” It is always a terrible personal misfortune for any marriage to end in divorce, and the inevitable disruption divorce brings to an otherwise normal family setting. Hopefully, the Palins will weather this loss well. That said, the Palin family drama will no doubt cause a lot of good people to refrain from going into public service; even if they can do really positive things for America. It is a shame.

  • Tom G. says:

    So sad, divorce is very hard on all the family, not just those two.
    Been there done that.

  • Madeleine says:

    So sad, no one likes divorce. I listen every day to Jimmy Evans on marriage and he is good. He always says it takes God in your marriage to make it work. Prayers for them and their children

  • lm says:

    You do have to wonder how different all of their lives would’ve been if she had not run for VP……

  • Hgthomas says:

    How sad. Every marriage goes through rough times. It is a time of adjustment when children leave home. Seems there needs to be some counseling going on. Hope they get it.

  • YouKnowItsTrue says:

    Divorce sucks and I’m so sorry for her especially. Prayers said.

  • David says:

    I’m sorry for all involved. I have always liked Sarah Palin and agree that running with McCain probably ruined her political career. Being in the limelight is tough for anyone, but we need women in politics.
    I have been divorced twice. The 1st was a mistake and I’ve regretted it for years. The 2nd was devastating, but turned out to be a blessing. Want it or not, it tears you up inside. I had a counselor tell me once “your best chance for happiness and a successful marriage is the one you are currently in” (of course not if abuse is involved). Usually we don’t learn; we just take the baggage from our previous relationships into the next. And it takes more than love for success.
    God bless and comfort them all.

  • VietnamVeteran says:

    My two cents after 53 years of a pretty darn good marriage:

    Proverbs 3:5-6


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