April 8, 2010

Jon Gosselin sues Kate for Custody of 8

Posted in Celebrity Divorce, Child Support, Spousal Support tagged , , at 9:01 pm by demetriagraves

Jon Gosselin has sued ex-wife Kate for primary custody of their eight children. The former reality TV star also wants spousal support and has asked the Berks County Court  to review his child support obligation.

Jon’s new lawyer, former assistant U.S. Attorney, Anthony List, has previously accused Kate Gosselin of neglecting the children because she appears on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”. List has further accused Kate of being “an absentee Mom” a charge Kate’s attorney rejected as “patently false.”

List is planning to use Kate’s TV appearances as evidence that Kate isn’t spending quality time with the eight kids. List also thinks Jon isn’t getting a fair deal in the child support department, claiming “$20,000 a month is ridiculous.” In addition to primary custody, List says he’s considering asking the judge to reverse the support obligation and make Kate pay Jon. He did not specify the amount.

In court papers, Jon Gosselin says his ex-wife “abuses” her authority when it comes to scheduling visits with the kids. He also claims an arbitrator failed to require Kate to provide documentation of the children’s expenses.

The Gosselins appeared on the TLC reality show “Jon & Kate Plus 8” until their marriage fell apart last year. They divorced in December.

Kate’s attorney, Mark Momjian has commented that Jon Gosselin’s filing seeking primary custody of his eight children is “defective on a number of levels.”  Momjian is preparing a response to the filing.

Jon is asking that the Pennsylvania court, among other things, “set an appropriate custody schedule that is in the best interests of the children” and review the current child support agreement.

Jon filed the complaints just weeks after Kate’s first appearance on “Dancing with the Stars.”  Kate is returning to TV along with her eight children for a show titled “Kate Plus 8” and another series called “Twist of Kate.”

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