Most custody battles are private affairs, but the possible dispute between reality TV parents the Gosselins over custody of one of the couple's daughters likely will be of interest to many people in New Jersey and the rest of the country. The mother, who is the current star of the TLC series "Kate Plus 8," has primary custody of the eight children, but the father and former star of "Jon and Kate Plus 8" is reportedly considering an attempt to gain physical custody of one of their daughters, 11-year-old Hannah.
After the couple's divorce in 2009, Kate Gosselin, the infamous mother of 11-year-old sextuplets and 15-year-old twins, was awarded custody by the court. Reportedly, after a visit with her father, Hannah claimed she does not want to live with her mother and siblings anymore, citing alleged cruelty from her mother, who apparently is forcing her daughter to continue filming the reality TV series against her will.
Since the divorce, Jon Gosselin has held several jobs and was evicted from his home, which suggests lack of stability and does not aid him in making his case to the court. Once a court decides upon custody, making changes to the custody order is challenging. The burden rests on the noncustodial parent to demonstrate to the court that removing the child from one parent is in that child's best interests.
A noncustodial parent who seeks to change a custody order might consider seeking the counsel of an attorney, who can help decide whether such a change is in the child's best interest in the eyes of the court. An attorney can provide guidance in understanding the complexities of family law, especially as it relates to custody issues.