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EXCLUSIVE: Jon & Kate: No Divorce Until the New Year!

Mon, November 23, 2009 9:01pm EDT by 4 Comments

Jon and Kate Gosselin won’t be getting a fresh start until the new year, says Jon’s lawyer Mark Heller.

Although the former Jon & Kate Plus 8 couple may have had their arbitration hearing on Saturday, their divorce won’t be finalized until well after Christmas.

“It’s winding down,” Heller confirms to us exclusively. “We expect an arbitrator’s written position to be provided around Christmas -– around the 25th -– and sometime thereafter in the new year the party will be divorced.”

Heller remains mum on whether Jon wants sole care of his eight kids.

“All of those issues will be finalized by years end,” says the attorney, who states he’s impressed by Jon’s selflessness when it comes to his children. “Jon came to the table without any objectives other than his children’s best interests. People tend to have their own agendas, but he wants what’s best for his children. He put his personal considerations aside, and that’s what brought this to such a peaceful conclusion.”

But how peacefully did the arbitration really end? Kate flat-out turned down her estranged hubby’s offering of roses.

“A number of emotional moments occurred during the process,” Heller admits. “But they got through several days of hearings in one day.”

We know what this means — this bitter couple just wants their marriage to be signed, sealed, delivered and DONE.