Jon and Kate divorce

Jun 22, 2009 at 6:20 p.m. ET

Jon and Kate Gosselin have officialy split.

Jon takes a walk while his kids have issuesThe adversarial parents of Jon and Kate Plus 8 filed papers to initiate a legal split Monday, June 22 at the Bucks County Courthouse in Pennsylvania, according to a close source.

It was unclear if the papers are for divorce or for legal separation -- regardless, it is clear the couple no longer plans to remain together.

This is hardly a surprise to viewers of the long-running TV show. Kate is often portrayed as a harping, shrill wife, and Jon and as a childish, irresponsible parent. In February, photos surfaced of Jon in the company of several younger women while visiting his mother post-surgery. In May, Jon was caught partying with another 20-something woman at a local bar until 2 am while Kate was away on a book tour.
Sources later accused Kate of cheating with the family's bodyguard. Kate denied anything untoward was happening, adding that the bodyguard's wife always travels with them and is a close friend.

But even Kate seemed to see the end coming, despite the denials of infidelity by both her and Jon. She said on the show's season premiere, "Parents of multiples have triple the divorce rate. I was thinking we were going to beat that. I don't know if I can say that anymore."

Looks like the answer is no.

Jon was seen shopping for pricey one-bedroom apartments in Manhattan's Trump Plaza last weekend, a rather cozy arrangement for eight kids. He later spent Father's Day at the family's million-dollar Pennsylvania home with the kids. Kate was nowhere to be seen.

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