By John Clark
Track Palin, the 23-year-old son of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, is seeking divorce from Britta Palin, his high school sweetheart, according to a report this week from the Huffington Post.
Sources say the couple filed for divorce last week in Alaska less than two years after they were married in May 2011. Track and Britta Palin have a one-year-old daughter, Kyla, who was reportedly born three months after the couple tied the knot.
According to sources, the Palins have privately resolved their conflicts over property distribution and child custody, which are two major hurdles before any divorce can be completed.
By settling their differences over child custody and their property behind closed doors, Track and Britta Palin will likely be able to keep the details of their divorce out of the public eye.
Avoiding unwanted publicity is important for the couple, who have faced a barrage of media scrutiny since their mother became a wildly controversial national figure during the 2008 presidential campaign.
After serving as the governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin was tabbed by Republican presidential nominee John McCain to join his ticket. But of a series of famous missteps made Palin the target of widespread criticism, and her political career never recovered.
Palin, however, has remained in the public spotlight. And sources note that the pending divorce of her son isn’t the first time that rumors of marital strife have floated around the Palin family.
In 2010, Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, were subject to media reports that they were headed towards a divorce that would be worth more than $20 million. The couple, however, laughed at the rumors, and the speculation of an impending separation never proved to be true.
Palin’s son, however, cannot say the same thing, although his life will remain very busy after his divorce. Sources say Track Palin spent a year deployed in Iraq and is currently a member of the Army Reserve.
In recent months, he reportedly enrolled at the University of Alaska to pursue a college degree, but his enrollment was delayed as he continued work for a commercial fishing operation this summer.
Today, he now has to deal with the headaches caused by a divorce, but the fact that he and his wife have already agreed in principle to most features of the divorce agreement is a promising sign that their separation will be relatively quick and painless.