“I won’t lose my kids,” she told People. “We’re glued together, as a package, and nothing, nothing, will stop me from being with my kids.”
Currently, Kate has primary custody of the eight, and Jon pays Kate $21,000 per month in child support, which he is looking to have overturned. Jon spends a fair amount of time with the kids, particularly now that Kate is jetting back and forth to Los Angeles.
Putting aside the spectacle they are making of themselves with all this back and forth over the kids, the Gosselins and their legal battle nonetheless raise some interesting issues, from a feminist position.
The idea that being busy with work– and all these projects are a form of work– makes her somehow an unfit mother is obviously completly infuriating. But on the other hand, its hard to argue for her rights as a woman to pursue a career and then claim on the other that she is in desperate need of hefty child support payments. Not really knowing exactly what she makes from her book sales or Dancing with the Stars, I am assuming that Kate is the breadwinner here. By a lot. I mean, what does Jon do exactly? To be sure, Jon should bear some responsibility for the kids. But to the tune of $21,000, regardless of her income? Seems like a lot to me.
What’s your take? Should Jon be duty-bound to make hefty child support payments, even if Kate is making a killing on all her projects?