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'RHOC' Star Gina Kirschenheiter's Estranged Husband Wants Their Kids Off Reality Show

By Ryan Naumann

“Real Housewives of Orange County” star Gina Kirschenheiter’s estranged husband has gone to court demanding their kids be kept off the Bravo reality show.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Matt Kirschenheiter accuses Gina of using their recent issues and his domestic violence arrest as a storyline for the show.

He told the judge he “did not want to be part of the television show and has not been.” Matt says he does not favor their kids being involved either.

Matt even accuses Gina of reshooting scenes for producers to add scenes of her talking about his arrest. He claims Gina's “choice to continue to pro-actively publicize her allegations, including agreeing to re-shoot to include them on the upcoming season, may be extremely detrimental to the Kirschenheiter’s young children’s emotional health and well-being. These children should be shielded as much as practical from the adult dissolution issues, not actively exposed”

Matt and Gina are set to face off in court later this month, where a judge could make a decision on the kids appearing on “RHOC”.

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Last year, Gina filed for divorce from Matt following nearly eight years of marriage. She cited irreconcilable differences for the split.

In her petition, she listed the date of marriage as May 15, 2010 and the separation date as March 3, 2018. The two share three minor children and she asked for joint legal and primary physical custody. Gina is seeking spousal support and wants Matthew’s right to seek support terminated.

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Matthew filed court docs months later demanding the court not grant his estranged wife primary custody and checked the box seeking joint custody. Matthew did agree Gina should be paid spousal support. He did note that he wants all assets he owned before the marriage — including his clothing, jewelry, and personal effects — to be awarded to him, along with his post-separation earnings.

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Last month, Gina and Matt hashed out a temporary deal that allowed him to have supervised visitation with their three kids following his domestic violence arrest.

Per their deal, Matt got several days with the kids but the time has to be supervised. He has to have his mother Patricia Kirschenheiter or father Martin present or the kids' paternal aunt or uncle.

The other terms of the restraining order taken out by Gina were to remain in effect.


The deal came after Matt was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. Gina would take out a restraining order against her husband days later. The court granted the petition and ordered Matt to stay 100 yards away from her and their kids until a further court hearing.


Recently, Gina requested for new terms to be added to the temporary custody agreement with Matt. She asked for an emergency hearing and wanted a judge to order Matt to “submit to random expanded urine drug/alcohol testing within 24 hours of” her written request. The reality star said if he failed the test then his visitation should be terminated pending a hearing.

She claimed the reason for her request was Matt recently telling her he would be enrolling in a inpatient/outpatient treatment facility for 30 days. Gina wrote in the docs, “Matt has a drug and alcohol issue.”

Matt fired back at Gina’s request saying there was no reason for an emergency hearing. He then trashes Gina saying she has her own problems, pointing to her recent DUI arrest. Matt says he has never been arrested for anything involving drugs or alcohol.

Matt claims he used to recreationally smoke marijuana and drink with Gina. He claims to have considered Gina’s demand he attend rehab, only to try and see his kids. Matt even claims his long time employer forced him to resign, “when it became clear that the tabloids and social media had taken over the story and future opportunities and advancement within the company would be impossible.”

He demanded Gina not be granted her request. A judge sided with him and denied Gina’s emergency motion but scheduled a hearing for later this month.

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