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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 04/ 8/2010

Jon vs. Kate: The Gosselins square off over child custody

By Liz Kelly

Who whould you choose: Jon or Kate Gosselin? (AP)

Yesterday Jon Gosselin emerged from what we'd hoped was an early retirement to challenge ex-wife Kate for primary custody of the couple's eight offspring. In court docs, Jon claims Kate is neglecting the kids in favor of her "Dancing with the Stars" obligations. He's also asking the court to reconsider the $20,000 a month in child support he's been ordered to pay.

Is he on the level or just smarting because while Kate has been busy dancing (to use the term loosely) her way into our living rooms and signing deals for a new TLC show and specials, Jon himself has been relegated to the tabloid dust bin, sitting in his two-bedroom Manhattan apartment with just a closetful of fug Ed Hardy t-shirts to keep him company?

According to Jon's lawyer, Kate rebuffed her estranged husband's offer to care for the kids while she was away in L.A. filming "DWTS." And that has him steamed and concerned, per the lawyer, that "Hollywood has had too much influence on the decisions she's made as a mother ... Putting a gym in her home to practice dancing doesn't make her a good parent. She is where she is today because of those eight children."

Correct me if I'm wrong -- and remember I'm no Kate fan -- but, as far as I can tell, she hasn't done anything that isn't consistent with the life she and Jon led when they were parenting together. She's appeared on "The View," gotten some hair extensions and signed on to star in a reality dance competition. And, thanks to the good sense of Hugh Hefner, we'll never have to worry about Kate ending up in a Playboy spread.

Meanwhile, Jon (who apparently isn't where he is today because of those eight children?) -- in the time since his split from Kate -- has dated two women of questionable character (one is now engaged to Michael Lohan and the other is set to compete in a "celebrity" boxing tournament reffed by Jesse James mistress Michelle "Bombshell" McGee), palled around the Hamptons with Lohan (a guy whose own family won't give him the time of day), hosted a cheesy Vegas nightclub pool party and purchased a small Manhattan apartment. None of the above scream, "Hey I'm here and serious about parenting!"

So, on what basis is Jon objecting to Kate's custody? Because she's appearing on TV without trotting her kids out in front of the camera with her? Or is it more likely that, as Radar Online reports, he's basically broke?

In any case, I'm going to ask who you think makes the more fit parent. I think I know the answer, but I've been surprised before.

By Liz Kelly  | April 8, 2010; 10:42 AM ET
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Dancing with the Stars is a temporary gig. Unfortunately, Jon's stupidity is apparently permanent. A temporary job is not a material change of circumstances that would warrant a new custody arrangement. He just doesn't want to pay $20K a month in child support. A change in custody could change that.

Having given the legal answer, here's my Lizard answer. None of the above. Not even relatives, who have done nothing to stop the exploitation of those kids. Sandra Bullock is good at taking in other people's kids, she can have them. It might get our minds off the possiblity of a sex tape (oooooh ICK NAST).

Posted by: epjd | April 8, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

The "Lohan Connections" are a riot!

Posted by: jezebel3 | April 8, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

"Who should have custody of the eight Gosselin kids?"

It's too bad the she-wolf who raised Romulus and Remus isn't still around.

Posted by: byoolin1 | April 8, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

t's too bad the she-wolf who raised Romulus and Remus isn't still around.

Posted by: byoolin1 | April 8, 2010 11:39 AM


Byoo, I think that cougars have supplanted she-wolves as apex predators in the celebrity food chain.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | April 8, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else wonder how that guy can afford to pay $20K per month in child support? Does he even have a job? I can't say that I like either of them, but at least Kate does not seem to have her head up her backside like Jon does.

Posted by: MrsKerin | April 8, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

This guy is the worse scum bucket I've seen since O.J.

First he ripped his family apart by thinking of no one but himself, now he wants money too!

The ONLY reason why Jon Gosselin would want custody of those children is because of the money that comes along with them.

If I were Kate, I'd let him have custody of the 8 children (for now).

Let's see how many girlfriends he could have while taking care of 8 kids.

His mind isn't even on those children, he's just jealous because he sees Kate making money.

What a bastard!

Posted by: lindalovejones | April 8, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a huge Jon or Kate fan when it comes down to it but since the whole split thing Jon has done nothing but be a big whiny jerk. When they annouced the divorce Jon had public opinion solidly in his corner. You watch the show, you see how Kate behaved, I mean could you blame the guy for leaving? Then started the Ed Hardy phase and the earrings and the Lohan connections and the dating 20 year olds. Ick Ick Ick.

Kate may be a horrible dancer and not a generally nice person but she's doing what she's doing to bring in money to support her family (and I guess the lifestyle she's become used to) since Jon threw a fit and cancelled the show. Okay cool - keep the kids out of the spot light but don't complain when your ex is out there working (she got paid for doing DWTS). It seems all Jon is doing is standing around stamping hit foot & throwing a hissy fit. The whole thing makes me sick.

Posted by: Dea25 | April 8, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Hey, why type when Dea25 said it all? Word.

Posted by: Guest1234 | April 8, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Jon should out for "Tool Academy." He seems perfect for that.....

Posted by: GroovisMaximus61 | April 8, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

In a perfect world, neither of them. But given reality, Kate gets my vote.

Posted by: EllenK1 | April 8, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Jon is those kids Father!! Maybe he not the greatest in the world and he has shown bad judgment! Kate not perfect and she has shown some bad judgment too! If Jon is willing to watch the kids rather than have nannies do it while Kate to doing DWTS and any other project then what is Kate's problem with that??? Why turn to a Nanny to raise your children when a PARENT can do it?? That is who children are to be raised by!! Why should Jon pay $20,000 in child support when He has no job to pay that and Kate is making way more than him and don't need that much from him? SCREWED UP FAMILY!!

Posted by: dimccrary | April 8, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

You mean women with kids shouldn't work for a living?

Posted by: newagent99 | April 8, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

What I am saying is Jon and Kate couldn't make it as "One" in a marriage. Which is a shame. But so be it. But they need to strive to be "One" in parenthood!! Cause that role will never end by no divorce!! Kate can work all she wants do as many projects as she wants. But if Jon is willing to be there for the kids while she does all that than why not? It means Nannies aren't having to be paid and the kids will get to at least be with a parent! Obviously they love thier DAD!! $20,000 to me is too much for a person who does not have a job and can't pay. Why so much when Kate brings in more money than him. So why that high amount? Seems something could be worked out if they just try like they suppose to and need to. So they not sharing a bed but they sharing kids!!

Posted by: dimccrary | April 8, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

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