Television viewers in Georgia who are fans of “Kate Plus 8” know that Jon and Kate Gosselin divorced in 2009. Their split did not happen on good terms, and the judge awarded Kate primary custody of 15-year-old twins Madelyn and Cara and 11-year-old sextuplets Joel, Collin, Hannah, Leah, Alexis and Aaden. Now Jon, 38, reportedly wants custody of Hannah because of her mother’s allegedly cruelty to the daughter. According to tabloids, the girl was staying with her father in April when she told him that she did not want to go back to the family mansion because Kate is requiring her to be in new episodes of the series.
Siblings are typically kept together after their parents divorce, because studies have shown that doing so and maintaining as much of a family unit as possible is beneficial for them. The non-custodial parent becomes responsible for demonstrating that changes have occurred in order for a judge to modify the original order
Above all else, the best interests of the child are the basis of custody decisions. Some of the factors that the courts consider when modifying custody orders are the child’s wishes, attachment to each parent and relationships with siblings as well as the noncustodial parent’s stability. However, Jon has not remained in the same job for very long, and in 2014 he was evicted from his residence. In the case of Kate’s cruelty toward Hannah, that will have to be proven before a judge considers it. Jon will also need to show that Hannah living with Kate is not in the girl’s best interest.
In cases where a mother or father has primary custody and the children do not spend much time with the noncustodial parent, it is sometimes possible for the former spouses to come to an agreement regarding a revision to the existing parenting plan. A family law attorney can often provide assistance to a parent in this regard.