Todd Palin has filed for divorce from Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and GOP vice presidential candidate, citing “incompatibility of temperament” and that “they find it impossible to live together as husband and wife,” NBC News reported.
Todd Palin, 55, asked to dissolve the couple’s 31-year marriage in a filing submitted Friday in Anchorage Superior Court. The paperwork was submitted on Sept. 6, eight days after the couple’s anniversary.
The filing, first reported by the Anchorage Daily News, only uses initials but details the couple’s marriage date and the birth date of their 11-year-old son, Trig, and asks for an equal separation of assets and debts.
The two have been married since 1988 and have five children: Track, Trig, Bristol, Willow and Piper. Todd Palin’s filing asks for shared custody of Trig, who has Down Syndrome.
Sarah Palin, also 55, was elected governor of Alaska in 2006 and resigned in 2009, before the end of her four-year term. She also served as the late Senator John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election, ultimately losing the election to Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
Todd Palin has largely steered clear of headlines since she burst on the national scene during 2008 presidential election cycle. Although, according to NBC News, that’s not to say he lacked any role in his wife’s political life. E-mails uncovered by MSNBC in 2011 showed that Todd Palin regularly communicated with senior Alaska state officials on a wide range of topics.
They included online chats about potential board appointees, constituent complaints, use of the state jet, oil and gas production, marine regulation, gas pipeline bids, post-secondary education, wildfires, native Alaskan issues, the state effort to save the Matanuska Maid dairy, budget planning, potential budget vetoes, oil shale leasing, staffing at the mansion, pier diem payments to the governor for travel, potential cuts to the governor’s staff, Bureau of Land Management land transfers and trespass issues.