Once upon a time, a large reality TV family had fans tuning in to see how they managed the day to day of raising twins and sextuplets. People were drawn to the Gosselin family, with a mom who was oftentimes intense, but organized, and a dad who just seemed along for the wild ride. Eventually, however, the Gosselin parents divorced and things got ugly.
The reality show, Jon and Kate Plus 8, ended, with the exception of a few specials here and there, and the family attempted to return to some normalcy out of the public spotlight (except for those times Kate Gosselin appeared on Dancing With the Stars and The Apprentice).
The couple were married from 1999 to 2009 and proved to be ratings gold for TLC when they starred on Jon & Kate Plus 8 with their family: now 14-year-old sextuplets Collin, Hannah, Leah, Alexis, Joel, and Aaden and twins Cara and Mady, who recently turned 18.
Once in a while the Gosselin family (well, Kate and the kids) grace a magazine or sit down for an interview, but there isn’t much heard about the Gosselins these days.
Until now. Jon and Kate Gosselin are making headlines again as they are now battling for child custody, with Jon wanting full custody of 14-year-old son Collin, who just was released from a special needs program.
At the time of their split, things were tense between Jon and Kate, with all eight kids living with Kate who had won full custody.
Jon continued to fight for joint custody, telling Steve Harvey in a 2016 interview: “I haven’t seen all of my kids together in about three years. I only get what I get. Whoever comes down the driveway, that’s who I get.”
In a new report from Us Weekly, it appears that Jon filed court documents in Pennsylvania last month to get full legal and physical custody of Collin, one of the sextuplets.
According to the documents filed, Jon believes it’s in Collin’s best interest to live with him following his release from an inpatient program for kids with special needs. Collin has lived there full time since 2016.
Jon recently posted a photo of him with Collin and daughter Hannah on Instagrm, calling it a “good weekend visit,” Collin’s first visit to his dad’s house in three years, E! News reports.
Collin had seen also seen his dad when Jon and Hannah visited him in the facility for his 14th birthday earlier this year.
Jon also explained on Instagram earlier this year that Hannah, another one of the sextuplets, “permanently lives with [him]” and has been at his home for nearly a year.
He’s shared a number of photos of Hannah on Instagram, including one that noted: “Congrats Hannah on your first day of school, proud of you. I admire your bravery starting fresh!!! I Love you very much and we have worked really hard to get here. Dedication has really paid off. I’m so happy you integrated yourself into the community, you made friends all summer and now you will grow and graduate with them. I’m honored to be your father!!! Love you, Dad #newbeginnings.”
If granted custody, Collin will move in with his father and sister Hannah. The remaining children, including 18-year-old Mady and Cara, live with Kate.