News of Sarah Palin‘s pending divorce from Todd Palin comes as a surprise to many — together with good friend Dean Cain, who had dinner with them at their Alaska house just some months in the past, he tells PEOPLE.
“They seemed fantastic together,” says the actor, 53. “I’d hate to take a position on the cause — what happens behind closed doors, and how individuals develop and change over time is one thing no one can ever predict or perceive, save these two individuals.”
“I know that they’re both extraordinarily devoted and fantastic mother and father,” he continues, “and I’m sure that they’ll each remain devoted to Trig and their other youngsters.”
Cain, who appeared with Todd, 55, on NBC’s 2012 competitors collection Stars Earn Stripes, says he simply “dropped by” on the former first couple of Alaska. Sarah, 55, made him and some pals dinner at their lakeside Wasilla property.
“They have been so heat and gracious, and utterly normal,” Cain says. (Which will have stunned his pals, he says, however not him.)
In accordance with courtroom documents and online data reviewed by PEOPLE, Todd filed for divorce on Friday. His grievance, dated Aug. 27, cites “incompatibility of temperament between the events such that they find it unimaginable to reside together as husband and wife.”
He's in search of joint custody of their 11-year-old son, Trig, in response to the grievance, and truthful division of their belongings.
The divorce continuing lists the plaintiff and defendant only by their initials — T.M.P. and S.L.P. However Todd’s center identify is Mitchell; Sarah’s is Louise. The listed birthdates for each events additionally match the Palins’ birthdates, and the submitting lists their similar marriage date and the birthdate for Trig.
(A listed lawyer for Todd didn’t instantly respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment; neither he nor Sarah immediately returned messages.)
The Palins celebrated daughter Piper’s highschool graduation together in Might but spent Fourth of July apart.
The 2 eloped in 1988 and have 5 youngsters together.
“Family is every little thing to them,” Cain tells PEOPLE. “I simply hope they continue to be civil and good pals throughout this ordeal.”