Will Collin Gosselin Be Home With Jon Gosselin Before Christmas?

It’s been years since Jon & Kate Plus 8 first hit TLC, and fans have been watching the duo navigate life ever since. It all started with Jon and Kate Gosselin chronicling their lives with their eight children — a set of twins and a set of sextuplets. Everything seemed fine when the show first began, but it wasn’t long before cracks in their marriage threatened the series. Fans then followed their high-profile divorce and fights over custody of the kids for years once the show ended. And though the duo officially divorced in 2009, they’re still battling it out in court nearly a decade later.

Most recently, Jon was awarded custody over their troubled son, Collin, who’s been in treatment for his behavioral issues. But will Collin make it home to Jon in time for Christmas? Here’s what we know.

Jon won the custody battle for Collin when Kate failed to show

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Had a good weekend visit with Collin at home!

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When the divorce between Jon and Kate initially took place in 2009, Kate won custody of all the kids — but Jon never gave up hope. As the years went on, Hannah Gosselin, one of the sextuplets, eventually chose to live with Jon full time on her own accord, as evidenced by Jon’s Instagram. And now, People reports Jon was most recently awarded temporary sole custody of Collin. While Jon went to court ready to battle it out for his son, Kate and her lawyers failed to show up for the hearing, thus resulting in Jon easily winning the case. “I’m excited to have a male around. I’m surrounded by females,” the happy dad remarked.

While Jon’s extremely happy Collin gets to come home to him, Us Weekly reports he’s not surprised Kate didn’t show up for their son. Jon told the publication, “That’s her. I would never … I would always go to court, no matter what.”

When will Collin be coming home to Jon’s?

This isn’t the first time Collin has made headlines in the past, either. Two years ago, the teen entered a “program away from home for children with special needs,” People notes. As for what “special needs” the publication is referring to, Kate has said in the past that Collin was having some behavioral and anger issues that needed to be addressed, so she enrolled him in the program. “[There’s] a fairly fluid diagnosis of what those needs are, but he needs to learn certain strategies to help him deal with things. This has been a struggle we’ve had for a very long time, and it’s one I’ve dealt with on my own. I’ve felt very alone in this,” she told People.

Though Kate mentioned before that she’s ecstatic for Collin to get the help he needs and then return home, it seems she won’t be seeing much of him. Radar Online notes a source close to the family said Collin is expected to be released around Dec. 18 or 19 — just in time for Christmas. “Collin will transition out of the facility, and will finally be home with his dad for good,” the source added. He will then continue being enrolled in regular school, which he’s reportedly excited for.

Jon is already planning out the ideal Christmas for the two of his kids

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Found our tree let the holidays begin!!!!

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It looks like Jon will have his first Christmas in years with two of his kids — and he couldn’t be more excited for the occasion. We’ve already seen on Jon’s Instagram that he went to find the perfect Christmas tree with Hannah, Collin, and his long-time girlfriend and her kids. And a source told Hollywood Life before the hearing for Collin even took place that Jon was in very “high spirits” for more holiday festivities with his family.

“Jon has already started decorating the house for Christmas and he’s been shopping up a storm for his kids, he wants to make everything perfect for them. Jon is planning to have Collin and Hannah with him for Christmas,” the source said. “He’s very tight lipped about his custody arrangements and nothing is set in stone yet but Jon is preparing for the outcome he wants and that is to have Collin and Hannah with him for the holidays,” the source continued. It appears Jon will finally get his wish.

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