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Jon and Kate Gosselin File for Divorce

By June 23, 2009

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The Gosselins, the eponymous couple made famous by their reality television series "Jon & Kate Plus 8", will be managing their multiples separately from now on.
Jon and Kate Gosselin
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On Monday night, they announced that they were filing for divorce, confirming the ongoing speculation that their marriage was in trouble.

There's no doubt that multiples can be tough on a marriage, and with twins and sextuplets, Jon and Kate have clearly suffered under the strain. As their television show grew in popularity, so did the harsh spotlight of media attention and the unsavory rumors about infidelity and exploitation. While their marriage won't hold up "for better, for worse," it appears that the show will continue on despite the difficult circumstances. Plans are for the children to remain in the family home in Pennsylvania, and for the parents to alternate staying in the home while maintaining separate residences. On Tuesday, it was announced that the show would go on "hiatus" for the summer and episodes will resume in August.

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The Conway Sextuplets born in Ireland last month

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Comments
June 23, 2009 at 1:59 pm
(1) Verlene says:

I’ve only watched the show a couple of times, only when there was absolutely nothing else on cable. But, I feel for the children, you would think that possibly counseling may have helped and they may have already tried that. Divorce is so hard on children of any age, don’t know how to cope. My heart goes out to the whole family. Good Luck!

June 25, 2009 at 10:56 am
(2) Hbonesb says:

Why don’t Jon and Kate go on a vacation for a week without the kids, and try to work out there marriage before the divorce happens.My parents got a divorce when I was little so I know how hard it can be. Even if the vacation doesn’t work oh well they tried. They could even go to marriage counseling and see if that works. I just really don’t want the show to end because I really love it.

August 9, 2009 at 11:39 pm
(3) E Johnston, LCSW says:

Unfortunately divorce happens – and it is not always the worst thing for the family or the children. It is up to both parents to proceed with the divorce in a manner that best meets the unique needs of their family. Ideally Jon and Kate would have chosen divorce mediation as the initial means of intervention in their divorce.

CFR Mediation would allow Jon and Kate to efficiently and effectively address all of the issues of their divorce and develop a detailed parenting plan promoting a positive relationship between the kids and both parents.

CFR Mediation focuses on points of agreement and developing positive communication and parenting relationships, while traditional litigation (what Jon and Kate seem to have chosen) focuses on the conflict – exploiting the disagreement and hurt and often resulting in a protracted expensive process that so often leave the parents and children with lasting wounds. CFR Mediation would promote healing while efficiently and effectively coming to a divorce settlement and parenting plan.

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