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Jon Gosselin Files for Custody of the Kids

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The TV dad has just filed papers in a Pennsylvania court, asking for primary custody of the Gosselin gang.

Jon Gosselin

TMZ reports that the papers, filed today, also ask for a review of Jon's current child-support order, which requires him to pay a whopping $20,000 a month. Jon's attorney told TMZ that Kate has been an "absentee mom" since her stint on "Dancing with the Stars."

As it stands now, the former Mrs. Gosselin has primary custody of Cara Nicole, Madelyn "Mady" Kate, Alexis Faith, Hannah Joy, Aaden Jonathan, Collin Thomas, Leah Hope and Joel Kevin.

For her part, Kate says that she's just a single, working mom trying to provide for her kids.

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maddie April 7, 2010, 1:00 PM

If Jon ever thought he had a shred of a chance of ever making a living on television, he has now completely ended it. Nobody with even a shred of human decency would agree with this lawsuit. What a terrible thing he is doing to his family, and how transparent he is.

Cato April 7, 2010, 1:12 PM

He is one of the biggest A holes. Guess he just couldnt stand having Tiger and Jesse taking his spotlight.
Would some bimbo please pretend to like this guy and show him up for who he is.
He doesnt have a young girl on his arm anymore so now his kids interest him as well as the 20k he cant pay. One 22 old hot or even not so hot chick can take his attention away pretty quickly. Hey maybe put on something shiny so he is immediately detracted…..oohhh shiny, girl like me….kids?…. what kids??? oohhh pretty girl, for my weenie and we do mean weenie

Karin April 7, 2010, 5:40 PM

Honestly does she really have to work if she’s getting 20K a month from him?? You can’t sit here and say he’s the only dirtbag when she is focusing on only working ‘celebrity gigs’ for money…. tv spots that require multiple days away… book promotions that are going to require weeks away. You’re telling me she can’t make life work on $240,000 a year alone from Jon? She’s really too desperate for money that she can’t possibly get a blue collar job while the kids are at school? Please. Such ridiculousness from both of these two.

TeamJon April 7, 2010, 7:43 PM

They both need to get jobs instead of being on tv all the time. I think she’s ridiculous being on tv instead of taking care of her millions of babies though. And immature moms out there…. he hasn’t been talked about in awhile so shush.

Cheryl April 8, 2010, 3:37 AM

He is struggling to stay relevant. No judge is going to take those kids from Kate because she is on DWTS. He would have to prove that she was negligent in their care, which is unlikely. She is a bitchy, tight woman, but not necessarily negligent. She wants to be in entertainment, so what? Why vilify her for that too? Now it is not the kids she is exploiting, only herself, which all of the other women on DWTS is doing also, many of them also moms.

TeamJonTOO April 8, 2010, 4:57 AM

Kate is a lazy whiny b*. Seriously NO ONE needs 20k/month to raise a family. But I guess when you’re always running off somewhere and gettin 7k hair extensions like Kate it takes a lot of money to have the nannies raise your kids. I don’t understand why Jon gets all the bad press. HE wanted to halt the show to work on their marriage, media ho Kate did not. Jon has not been in the media lately because unlike Kate he doesn’t want to. If anyone has seen the show you can see he is the FAR MORE fit parent - kate did nothing but order him around while he did all the work.

Anonymous April 8, 2010, 5:42 AM

$20K may seem a lot, but we’re talking about EIGHT kids here, all of whom go to private school (and need to given the press situation), and 6 of whom will be going to college at the same time — if they went tomorrow that would be $300-$600K a year. Call Kate what you want, but she’s milking this time for every penny she can so she can give her kids what they need and deserve. Finally, she’s hardly a wanton spender — this is someone who screamed at Jon for spending $50 at Home Depot and not using a coupon!

Anonymous April 8, 2010, 8:47 AM

8 kids DO NOT cost 20k per month. No reason at all that they need to go to private school (media will get over Kate’s pimping them out and lose interest) As for college, they can be like the majority of us and take out loans, get jobs and pay for it themselves - no reason either parent has to. As for wanton spending, I’d call 7k in hair extensions a bit wanton, wouldn’t you?

Cato April 8, 2010, 9:21 AM

Who says he is making his payments? He has a debt for 200k with Glassman that he cant pay. He doesnt have a job, he is living with Kates brother. Do you really think he is making those support payments?

Pamala April 8, 2010, 7:39 PM

He can’t make them because she won’t let him get a job doing something he can do, reality TV. What kind of job can he get where he could pay 20K a month unless it was on TV? But she controls him, even after divorce. Frankly she needs to get her butt home and back with her kids.

Anonymous April 9, 2010, 5:14 AM

Even if he’s not paying them where is all the money from pimping out her kids the first time around? Or the books? She probably spent it all on that rats nest on her head and nannies so she can run off and try to be a “star”.

Jillian April 10, 2010, 8:14 AM

all they need is a clause saying if the parent practicing “physical custody” of the children can not be with them. then the other parent be allowed to care for the children instead of a third party. Then everyone could see how much time Kate is actually with her kids. And if Jon’s interest is really his children

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