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Jon Gosselin Files For Full Custody Of His Son Collin

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There's been a lot of updates coming from the Gosselin family this week.

First, fans of the Jon and Kate Plus 8 stars were able to get a rare glimpse of Collin, one of Jon and Kate Gosselin's sextuplets who was sent away for treatment at a facility for individuals with "special needs."

Jon shared a photo of his 14-year-old son and his sister Hannah on Instagram, revealing that they "had a good weekend visit with Collin at home."

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Collin previously appeared in another snap posted by his father earlier this year, but he's been noticeably absent from family photos shared by Kate, which usually include all his other siblings. He also failed to appear on the last few seasons of Kate Plus 8.

The decision to send Collin away stirred a lot of controversy after Jon revealed that Kate has kept him in the dark about the whole situation and he had no idea where his son was taken to.

"I have an idea where he is but I don't really know where he is," Jon told Entertainment Tonight at the time. "[Kate] says that Collin is in a special school for special needs kids with behavioral problems. I mean, I ask but she doesn't tell me. She doesn't answer any of my texts."

Kate's secrecy started to raise suspicions, with many people accusing her of not caring about her son and forgetting about him during holidays and special occasions.  

Jon later admitted that he saw no behavioral problems with Collin and that he was disappointed in Kate for not talking to him about her struggles with their son.

"I could see my kids getting annoyed with that because he's the smartest and he does this, and he does that, and he always wants it his way," he said. "He's very particular, which could be bothersome. But, he's very loving too. He was a cuddly kid as a baby."

He added, "I love my children very much. I've always been there for them and I always will be. It's shocking."

It took nearly three years, but Collin is finally heading home. The 14-year-old will soon be released from an inpatient center he's been living at, but in an unforeseen twist, he may not be going back to his mother's house.

According to an exclusive Radar Online report, Jon has filed to get full physical custody of Collin once he's released from the facility.

The court documents revealed that the controversial father filed the papers on October 24, and in them he claimed that it would be in his son's best interest to live with him.

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It's been previously reported that Collin had serious anger problems and would often lash out at his mother when he lived with her. Other reports alleged that Kate was abusive towards Collin, and that only made the situation worse.

"Jon used to have to grab Kate by her wrist to stop her from beating Collin and some of the other kids with a wooden spoon," an insider said.

Children and Youth Services (CYS) even launched an investigation after these claims surfaced, but they came up empty.

Radar pointed out that Jon's decision is sure to anger Kate, who has been fighting to get custody of their daughter Hannah, who "permanently" lives with her father.

However, it seems like Jon isn't threatened by Kate whatsoever and has even shared another photo of Collin, hinting at his son's return home and their new living arrangement.

"A HUGE thank you to Eric Rodriguez @ebarber828 at Mike and Joes Barber shop for welcoming my son Collin home with a fresh new cut!!!" the proud father wrote in the Instagram caption.

As for the rest of their children, Jon only has visitation rights, while Kate has full custody. Jon is estranged from some of his children, including Alexis and her older siblings, twins Mady and Cara.

At this time, he only has contact with Aaden, Leah, Joel, and of course, Collin and Hannah.

Do you think Jon should be given full custody of Collin?

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