Jon Gosselin Ordered To Give Back $180,000 to Kate

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009

I don't know how Jon Gosselin went from being a self-admitted passive husband to what looks like a bigger and bigger jerk of a divorcee. As a fan of the original seasons of Jon & Kate Plus 8 (when the couple's relationship and comedic banter, along with their crazy life with eight kids, drew audiences to the show), it still shocks me to hear about the latest shenanigans he's gotten into.

People.com reports that a Pennsylvania judge ordered Jon, 32, to fork over $180,000 to a joint account he shared with estranged wife, Kate, 34. Kate, on her part, claims that Jon took a total of $232,000 without her consent, and against their court-appointed arbitrator's orders. The rest of the money was used by Kate to pay household bills and expenses, which will be subject to further examination by their arbitrator. In the meantime, Jon is supposed to return the $180k by Oct. 26, which is their next set court hearing. Jon denies taking the money without permission, and has challenged his ex-wife to account for more than $100,000 in withdrawals of her own.

Judge Arthur Tilson has asked the couple to work something out amicably. Kate, who filed for spousal and child support, has been quoted, "As difficult as this has been for me, I am pleased that the Court has ruled fairly on behalf of myself and my children. Now that this matter has been ruled on, I look forward to returning to private arbitration, as we have agreed to do, to resolve any remaining issues."

Unfortunately for the couple, who has been heavily targeted by paparazzi and the tabloids this past year, Judge Tilson has also said that Oct. 26 hearing will be public. I just hope that the couple continues to do whatever they can to raise their kids as best as their situation now allows them.


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