Jon Gosselin Is Fighting For Full Custody Of Son Collin After Release From Special Needs Program

by Caralynn Lippo
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It’s been almost a decade since Kate and Jon Gosselin’s contentious split, and things are still as tense as ever between the former couple — especially when it comes to their children.

Jon and Kate, who were married from 1999 until 2009, skyrocketed to reality TV fame with their TLC series Jon & Kate Plus 8. The two starred on the long-running show with their large family: now 14-year-old sextuplets Collin, Hannah, Leah, Alexis, Joel, and Aaden and twins Cara and Mady, who recently turned 18. After the couple split, all eight kids went to live with Kate, who won full custody of them in the divorce proceedings.

But Jon has been continuously fighting Kate for joint custody in the years since, and his bad relationship with his ex-wife reportedly strained his relationship with the kids.

“I haven’t seen all of my kids together in about three years,” he told Steve Harvey in a 2016 interview. “I only get what I get. Whoever comes down the driveway, that’s who I get.”

However, that might be about to change.

On Tuesday, Us Weekly reported that Jon filed court documents in Pennsylvania on October 24 asking for full legal and physical custody of Collin, one of the sextuplets. The documents state that the 41-year-old former reality star believes it would be in his son’s best interest to live with his dad after being released from the inpatient program for kids with special needs where Collin has lived full-time since 2016.

This news follows Jon’s recent series of Instagram posts revealing that Collin “had a good weekend visit” with him and daughter Hannah. It was his first visit to his dad’s house in three years, according to E! News, though the two did see one another when Jon and Hannah visited Collin in the facility for the sextuplets’ 14th birthday in May.

If Jon does successfully win full custody of Collin, the teen will join another one of his siblings at their dad’s house. Jon told followers earlier this year that Hannah, one of the sextuplets, “permanently lives with [him]” and has been with him for nearly a year.

Hopefully, everything is sorted out between the former spouses, and an amicable decision can be reached that’s best for all of the kids.

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