June 16, 2009
JON AND KATE DIVORCE?
There’s been a lot of news about Jon and Kate Gosselin, the parents of sextuplets and twins who have documented their life on TLC’s Jon & Kate Plus Eight (http://tlc.discovery.com/tv/jon-and-kate/jon-and-kate.html). It’s juicy gossip. Jon is accused of infidelity. Kate is accused of having a volatile temper. It appears they are headed for divorce. Lime Life reports they spent their 10th Anniversary apart. http://www.limelife.com/blog-entry/Jon-and-Kate-Gosselins-10-Year-Anniversary-Apart/6438.html. The National Register claims that Jon wants to quit the show. http://www.nationalledger.com/artman/publish/article_272626504.shtml
Would Jon Get Child Custody?
It’s all great gossip. What makes the potential for divorce particularly enticing for the gossip mill is that there is a good chance that Jon, a stay-at-home father, would assume primary custody of the children. Kate has been spending a lot of time away from home on business related to her books and publicity for the show, while Jon has stayed home to care for the children. Kate is also rumored to be a less than ideal parent–although I have a hard time judging anyone’s parenting skills, much less a mother of eight young children.
What About Jon and Kate’s Marital Property?
In all likelihood, Jon’s infidelity is less important to a court than Kate’s parenting skills. But, how do you value the Gosselin estate? How do you split it up?
As we obtain more information, I will attempt to interpret it here.
Buckle Up, Minnesota, Buckle Up!
(With a tip of our cap to “Buckle Down Winsocki, Buckle Down” lyrics: http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/bestfootforward/buckledownwinsocki.htm )
Beginning June 9, 2009, you can be stopped by a police officer if you do not have your seatbelt on. This is a change, because in the past, police could only stop you if you committed some other violation in addition to a seatbelt violation. http://www.startribune.com/local/47145682.html?elr=KArksUUUU
And, Avoiding Problems in a Divorce Child Custody Dispute
While I do not think it is a major crime not to wear a seatbelt, I have seen significant family law litigation over the failure to use seatbelts or car seats for children. Often, the newly single parent does not have the means to purchase a car seat, or their cars are in poor repair. Here is a guide to Hennepin County resources to assist parents in obtaining the proper safety restraints: http://www.buckleupkids.state.mn.us/Hennepin%20County%20Guide%202005.pdf. It is worth a little hassle to avoid custody litigation.