Jon vs. Kate: The Gosselins square off over child custody
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.
| April 8, 2010; 10:42 AM ET
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