Sarah and Todd Palin quietly divorced this year after his lawyers emailed her on his birthday, claims report

The divorce was finalized earlier this year and the publicly available docket notes their divorce date as March 23

                            Sarah and Todd Palin quietly divorced this year after his lawyers emailed her on his birthday, claims report
Sarah and Todd Palin (Getty Images)

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's divorce from husband Todd Palin has been finalized. The court proceedings were closed to the public, however, the publicly available docket observes that the couple's divorce was officially finalized on March 23. According to a report by People, it was a non-contested hearing and the same was confirmed by an Alaskan court official.

It was Todd who had first filed for divorce on his birthday and in the filing, he had claimed "incompatibility of temperament between the parties such that they find it impossible to live together as husband and wife." At this time, Todd had also asked for joint custody of their son Trig and for assets to be divided equally. The public docket, however, doesn't mention any order of child custody.

Neither Todd nor Sarah Palin have confirmed this news or commented on their divorce becoming final.

However, in the only interview that Sarah ever gave regarding her divorce, she had said that she had learned about Todd wanting a divorce after receiving a mail from his lawyers. She told James Dobson in a podcast that "a week after our 31st anniversary is when he (Todd) filed (for divorce).” 

Speaking about finding about the divorce from Todd's lawyer, Sarah said, "I did. I found out from an email from an attorney saying that she was hired and that was on June 19th, I'll never forget it. Then on Todd's birthday, a week after our 31st anniversary is when he filed, yeah. Oh, yeah. It's not easy to talk about." She had also added, "Yeah, I can't think... I'm sure so many of you either might have been through it or you have people whom you love, you've witnessed how horrible it is. But I just think, wow, maybe except for the death of a child, I don't know what could be more... Yeah, it hurts. Yeah."

In the same interview, Sarah had also spoken about her son Trig who has Down Syndrome and said, "He just finished up the fifth-grade cross country season. Yeah, he runs farther than I do. He's amazing, and to think that people would want to snub life out of him and not give him or other children with these challenges a chance. We can learn more from them than I know I'll ever be able to teach Trig. He teaches me every single day about what's important. So yeah, I just pray that more people see that."

Speaking about how her children were responding to news of divorce, Sarah explained, "I've conducted quite a few weddings as mayor, especially in our town. In fact, one in an aisle of Walmart I conducted. That's so Alaska for you. But what I was always preaching to the bride and the groom was that three cord strand. You, your spouse, God in the middle, and as you grew closer to God, you would just naturally grow closer together. I've always preached that to my kids, too, so they know that... That's the way it's supposed to work."

She added, "My parents, they've been married for 58 years, and my siblings. Everybody's kind of traditional family sticks together through thick and thin because you made a vow to God that through thick and thin, good and bad, you're going to make that choice to... You're going to jump whatever hurdles are in front of you and you're going to make it, so my kids witnessing what's happening, they don't like it. It makes me feel good because I'm like, 'Well, good. I didn't screw up that part of it anyway. I taught them good.'"

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