Okay, so Jon and Kate's divorce will be finalized by the end of the year.
Jon showed up to an all-day Saturday mediation with a dozen roses as a peace-offering. But, Kate refused to accept them. So, I likely won't advise my clients to use this approach. Although, I do encourage everyone to be nice, especially when you want to reach an agreement regarding your divorce rather than financing a messy and painful trial.
I thought it was interesting that Jon conceded primary custody to Kate. I don't know the details of their time-sharing plan, but it seems that he could take a couple of kids each night. It could be like a round-robin. For me, I can handle my two girls nicely. But, I don't know what I would do with eight little ones running around.
I wonder if the couple is going to follow a nesting concept, where they allow the children to stay in the house and the parents rotate in and out. I remember a special where both parents said that the house was "for the children," not for them. Does the same feeling still hold?
The last challenge for the couple is determining a child support number. In Florida, the statutory chart for child support guidelines only go up to six children. Eight is literally "off the chart." Good luck Jon.