Published October 13, 2009
NORRISTOWN, Pa. – Jon Gosselin has been ordered to return $180,000 in marital funds by Oct. 26, according to a lawyer for his estranged wife.
Kate Gosselin, meanwhile, must provide an accounting of past expenses by the same date, lawyer Mark Momjian said. And an arbitrator will review another $55,000 she says she spent on household and child-related expenses.
The divorcing stars of TLC's "Jon and Kate Plus 8" appeared briefly in family court Tuesday in the Philadelphia suburb of Norristown. The couple have eight young children — twins and sextuplets.
According to Momjian, Montgomery County Judge Arthur R. Tilson ordered Jon Gosselin to return the money or face contempt charges for violating an arbitrator's order.
"As difficult as this has been for me, I am pleased that the court has ruled fairly on behalf of myself and my children," Kate Gosselin said in the statement her lawyer released. "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."
Jon Gosselin's lawyer, Mark Jay Heller, released a statement saying there was no proof that the $55,000 was used for family expenses.
"It may very well be determined that very substantial sums of money which Kate has failed to account for might have been misapplied and misused by Kate," Heller said.
"As of now, Jon Gosselin chooses to give Kate the benefit of doubt," Heller said.
TLC is renaming the show "Kate Plus Eight." Jon Gosselin has sent the network a cease-and-desist letter, saying he believes the filming is harmful to the children.