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People who live in (paparazzi-surrounded) glass houses shouldn't throw stones -- but that hasn't stopped Jon Gosselin from hurling accusations at ex-wife Kate Gosselin. With the help of a new lawyer (former assistant U.S. attorney Anthony F. List), Jon's demanding primary custody of the couple's eight children, and an end to paying child support, and spousal support payments from Kate.
Why does he deserve all this, you might ask? His lawyer labels Kate an "absentee mom." Her appearance on Dancing with the Stars, List says, confirms that Kate does not spend "quality time with the 8 kids."
Let's step back a moment here and look at that accusation. First of all, appearing on Dancing with the Stars does not require full-time absence from home -- viewers know Kate set up a rehearsal studio in her own Pennsylvania basement and flies to California to appear on the weekly broadcasts. However, even if the show was around the clock... so what? She found a short-term job that pays well, and positions her to pursue her most logical career path (TV personality). While Jon may pay child support, he's not exactly reliably employed since his relationship with the TLC network crashed and burned -- so it's up to Kate to make sure those eight kids are provided for. Is she supposed to return to her pre-celebrity career as a nurse? Wouldn't that mean long shifts for far less money? Take away the media circus, and Kate's fighting the same battle as working moms everywhere: how to parent skillfully and sufficiently at home, and earn a paycheck outside the home, without being labeled a bad mother.
Luckily for Kate, she probably won't have to do much to refute Jon's assertion that he's the better parent. All her lawyer needs is a few months' worth of paparazzi photos, the testimony of some nightclub owners and all of Jon's ex-girlfriends' Twitter feeds to show a judge who's really thinking about the kids.
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