Sarah Palin’s husband of 31 years files for divorce

Todd Palin cited in divorce papers an “incompatibility of temperament between the parties as such that they find it impossible to continue to live together as husband and wife.”
3:34 | 09/10/19

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What an example he is setting. That news volunteering Sarah Palin and Todd Palin, the husband of the former alaskan governor seeking a divorce after 31 years marriage. The palins and five children burst into the national spotlight when Sarah was unexpectedly tapped as John McCain and running mate in 2008. Since then they've been a fixture in culture, politics and on television but did those bright lights take a toll on their marriage? This morning, Todd Palin, the former self-proclaimed first dude of Alaska, filing for divorce from Sarah Palin ending 31 years of marriage to the former Alaska governor and one-time vice presidential candidate. In the divorce papers filed Friday Todd citing an incompatibility of the temperament between the parties as such that they find it impossible to continue to live together as husband and wife. The couple is seeking joint custody of their youngest child 11-year-old trig and their four others are over 18. The palins burst on to the scene during the 2008 presidential race on one of the world's biggest stages. John McCain lagging in the polls surprised the country by announcing the relatively unknown Alaska governor as his pick. Governor Sarah Palin of the great state of Alaska. You know, from the incite, no family ever seems typical and that's how it is with us. Reporter: Palin gushing over her husband while Todd sat holding trig then just four months old. Todd is a story all by himself. He is a lifelong commercial fisherman and production operator in the oil fields of Alaska's north slope and we met in high school and two decades and five children later he's still my guy. Reporter: The couple and their family immediately thrust into the glare of the media spotlight, almost instantly generating headlines. There was daughter Bristol's pregnancy at 17 and gaffes making punch lines on "Snl." I did see Russia from my Reporter: Meanwhile the real-life palins staying in the spotlight through reality TV. We're setting aside time to spend with family and friends. Reporter: Todd on "Stars earn stripes." A solo mission here. He is. He is just straight up Rambo. Reporter: And alongside his two daughters on "Celebrity wife What do you think of this sticker thing? It's pretty cool. They enjoyed a red carpet lifestyle but it came with a price. Reporter: Tough times in 2016. Todd was involved in a snowmobile accident that left him in intensive care with eight broken ribs. Thank you, guys, for your prayers for my husband who is recovering right now in icu after a little wreck on a snow machine so thank you. Reporter: Two years ago she reportedly called police on their son track after the Iraq war veteran forced his way into his parents' home and allegedly hit his father in the head. Still all appeared well with the as of may they came together for a happier occasion, daughter piper's high school graduation, Sarah posting photos on Instagram. You can't separate Sarah Palin from her family. So this is kind of the sad end of what has been this long almost dozen-year relationship between the palins and the And, you know, we've seen other hurricane Irma political cups split after decades together. Of course, we remember Al and tipper gore announcing plans to divorce in 2010. They did that after 40 years of marriage but, of course, we wish the palins the best in their separate ways. We do. Just wish them happiness. Thank you so much.

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