Jon and Kate Gosselin are headed back to court.
It's been seven years since their divorce was finalized, but the former reality show couple has spent most of it fighting over their kids. And now, Jon is asking a judge to reopen their custody battle.
In Touch Weekly reports that Jon is asking for joint custody of all eight of his and Kate's kids.
"So there will be a trial as soon as possible. The judge ordered it," a source told In Touch. "Jon’s been waiting for this for a very long time."
The insider continued, "The judge is ordering psychological evaluations of all eight kids and for both Kate and Jon before heading to trial. Jon hopes the judge will meet with all the kids privately in his chambers, without Kate, to find out [the truth] and what they really want."
Jon's request for custody comes on the heels of a public battle with Kate over their son Collin, who has special needs. Jon claims he hasn't seen Collin in 18 months and that Kate sent him to a special school and has refused to tell Jon where Collin is.
Kate went on Entertainment Tonight following Jon's claims, basically saying that Jon needed to stop talking publicly about Collin.
"We are both court-ordered not to speak about the care and custody of our children in detail," she said. "I've known all along where [Collin] is, but the world doesn't know, and I'll leave it at that."
Jon's lawyer fired back, "Unfortunately, Kate has shown very little regard to the order, choosing to ignore it if it suits her. Jon will strictly abide by the order unless and until it is lifted. My client is a loving and caring father who is acting within the scope of the law to do what is best for his kids."
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