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Jon Gosselin wants custody of just 1 child

Alaska reality television viewers may have heard that Jon Gosselin is trying to get custody of just one of his eight children from his ex-wife, Kate. Reportedly, Mr. Gosselin is seeking custody of his 11-year-old daughter, Hannah, one of the sextuplets that made the family famous.

According to sources, Hannah no longer wants to continue filming the television show that stars her, her siblings and their mother. Mr. Gosselin is alleging that Kate Gosselin has treated Hannah with cruelty as well. In reviewing the case and the allegations, family law experts believe that, while it is possible for Mr. Gosselin to be awarded custody of his daughter, it is very unlikely to occur.

When a court makes any child custody determination, it does so according to what is in the best interests of the child. When a parent later seeks a modification of that original custody order, as Mr. Gosselin apparently is, the parent will have the burden to show that their has been a substantial change in circumstances that warrants the change. In Mr. Gosselin's case, the children have been filmed for years, and it is unlikely that a judge will find that Hannah's new dislike of being on television constitutes a substantial change. Although courts may take a child's wishes into account regarding where they want to live, that is usually only given a lot of weight when the child is older.

Seeking a modification of a child custody order that will represent a change in the child's residence can be very difficult. Parents who believe that such a change is needed in their child's custody may want to seek the help of a family law attorney. An attorney may be able to review the relevant facts and then provide guidance on whether a change is likely to be granted.

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