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Jon Gosselin Goes After Kate in Court

4/6/2010 3:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jon Gosselin thinks "Dancing with the Stars" is damaging his kids, thanks to Kate Gosselin, and Jon now wants primary custody as well as spousal support from his ex ... TMZ has learned.

Jon's new lawyer, former assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony F. List, tells TMZ he's going to court to ask for primary physical custody. List calls Kate, "an absentee mom," which he says is no surprise to anyone.

List expects to use "DWTS" as evidence that Kate does not spend "quality time with the 8 kids."

List also thinks Jon is getting screwed 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.

Kate tells TMZ, "I am and always will be a mother first, but as a single working mom I will do everything necessary to provide for my kids despite the opinions of others."

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196.

katie lady    

the guy is a deadbeat... even before the sextuplets... she was an RN and he was an IT tech... he is no wizard.. just have to wonder why she ever hooked up with this dude.. maybe it was the "bad boy syndrome"... and he is a tool..

1558 days ago
197.

Cindy C    

Oh please...John you took the TLC show and money away from your kids...You deserve what you get...its your own fault you have to pay so much child support...no way would they be better with you!!Lets face facts...Kate is not the best dancer out there, so obviously she won't be doing this much longer...I think Jon just wanted to get his name back in the media...

1558 days ago
198.

SilvieJ    

I never liked Jon even when the family series was on TV. There was just something about him that made me suspicious of him. And, here he goes again! What a piece of work this guy is. Get a life, get a job and quit your whining and lawsuits. Someone has to work and support those 8 children! The expense of raising them has to be huge and at least Kate is willing to take jobs and try and earn a living. This fool squanders his money on other women, horsedrawn buggy rides and lots of other nonsense from what I can see. Just one more reason to make the hardworking women of America hate this guy!!

1558 days ago
199.

Lorna    

I wish these two would just GO AWAY!

1558 days ago
200.

Crykyt    

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/aprilholladay/2004-10-14-wonderquest_x.htm - wrong gg - two blue eyed parents can indeed have brown eyed children,

1558 days ago
201.

vaborn    

Seriously??? Seeing pictures of their father smoking pot behind the house, seeing pictures of their dad in France and Utah with skanks, listening to their father in an interview throw his older girls under the bus, all these things and many more have not traumatized the 8 children??? What a pathetic loser. He doesn't want to work at all to support his children. Kate, while not a talented dancer, will earn enough from this gig to cover her house payment for a good long while. I hope her lawyer stomps him!

1558 days ago
202.

Ruby    

Jon has hazel eyes, so yes, the kids can have brown. Furthermore, their eyes could have more green to them than the cameras pick up.

I'm not a fan of either of these two, but I do feel for Kate. A mother of 8 kids with a 'real' job would still be on welfare. A nurse's salary to care for those kids plus sitters wouldn't pay the mortgage, especially since deadbeat dad doesn't help out.

I wouldn't classify her as a bad mom because she is trying to find a way to earn a living, as annoying as she may be. Plenty of mothers continue to work in entertainment and other fields that spend zero time with their children.

Jon needs a reality check, not another reality tv show or court case. HE is the one who needs to get a real job!

1558 days ago
203.

Maggie    

# 197-I felt the same way. Kate got trashed for talking mean to him, but he tended to hang back & sulk, very passive-aggressive, & wouldn't do things unless she said something. He was always making snarky comments, often under his breath. His big excuse was that he was "playing with my kids" when there was work to be done & Kate's response was that you got the chores out of the way & then you could be free to play with the kids. He never seemed to show any initiative. At the beginning, he'd make comments about how he was the more outgoing one and that Kate hated clothes shopping so much he had to choose for her. It must have killed him as she became more & more in demand on speaking tours, etc.

If he's paying support, I wonder where he's getting the money since the show is no longer on and they're not even showing reruns. Just because she isn't taking him to court proves nothing. She can't get blood from a stone & I don't think she'd believe that throwing him in jail for non-support would do be anything but traumatizing for the kids.

1558 days ago
204.

Kim    

OMG....what a freaking loser. I don't care about either of them but come on!!!!! He's done whoring around and runs out of money so now he's using his kids for leverage. What a complete arsehole. Jon just keeps getting more disgusting.

1558 days ago
205.

WC    

So you say Kate MADE Jon quit his job and now he has no skills. duuuuuhh! I thought he was a computer techie person? Wonder how his skills were lost?

BTW, Kate is and has been an RN. She will always be that as long as she needs to. She re-upped so she could go back to work if need be, and I don't remember if it was before or after the divorce was final. But, she could go to work tonight if need be. COULD HE? There is only 1 problem with Kate going back to the same job, the pay she would get for doing so would not cover a baby sitter or gas to get to work. She is doing something that will provide for them in a better way.

Is Jon still in his NYC apartment/condo? Didn't Jon and ??? fall way behind in payments/rents and move out or forced out. Maybe he has now gone back to his mother.

1558 days ago
206.

Felicity    

#14 - Time for Kate to get a job? What do you think she is currently doing? Jon has no job and tools around like an idiot just hoping the paparazzi will still find him significant enough to pay attention to, while Kate is working on DWTS, makes healthy, organic meals for the kids, freezes them for days when she can't be home at dinner, and keeps the roof over their heads.

If the courts would side with Jon and say Kate is a bad parent for being away from her kids while she works, what precedent would that set for any single, working mother?! Many moms work 8 hour days and have two hours of commuting on top of that. That's ten hours away from their kids. Factor in sleeping time if the kids sleep eight hours a night, that is 18 hours a day the kids aren't interacting with either parent. How is Kate worse than any other single working mother? Because she has nannies? Are nannies worse than day care?

Who wants to bet Jon is behind on his child support?

1558 days ago
207.

christy    

They're both a hot mess. They should give the kids to Kate's brother and sister-in-law.

1558 days ago
208.

leighanne    

At least she is trying to make some money to support her kids. She had a studio set up in her home so she could rehearse while the kids are in school or sleeping and she is gone only for TV tapings - What is Jon doing? What a douche.

1558 days ago
209.

barb    

208. How about a "who cares" option or better yet, a "they're both @ssholes" option.

Posted at 5:00PM on Apr 6th 2010 by Gary

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There you go!

1558 days ago
210.

jasmine    

jon should get some custody of his kids i mean he helped rase them their mother is brain washing them to think they can have what every they want when she actualy see them

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