California residents may have heard that Bristol Palin, daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, gave birth to her second child. Now, reports have come out that Palin is involved in a custody dispute with her infant daughter’s presumed father, Dakota Meyer. On Jan. 6, Meyer filed a petition for joint child custody in Alaska Superior Court.

According to the court document filed by Meyer’s attorney, Meyer was engaged to be married to Palin until the two broke up in May 2015. Meyer claims that he is the father of Palin’s child, and he is seeking a paternity test to establish his parental rights.

Meyer’s attorney released a statement saying that Meyer is excited to be a father and wants to be a big part of his daughter’s life. Despite the statements by Meyer, Sarah Palin has claimed that Meyer was not in contact with Bristol Palin during the pregnancy. A divorce and family mediator who commented on the case said that if the paternity test confirms that Meyer is the father of Palin’s baby, it is very likely that a court will allow him to be involved in his daughter’s life.

When unmarried parents have a baby together, it is important for the father to establish paternity as soon as he can. A lawyer can assist a client in establishing paternity and then petition the court for parental rights. When a child custody arrangement is being worked out, a lawyer can help negotiate a detailed parenting plan.

Source: Yahoo! Parenting, “Inside Bristol Palin’s Custody Battle Over Newborn Baby,” Beth Greenfield, Jan. 8, 2016