“Real Housewives of Orange County” star Gina Kirschenheiter is planning on calling her soon-to-be ex-husband Matt to the stand this week, to grill him about his alleged domestic violence against her.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Gina is also planning on taking the stand in her upcoming custody showdown in court. Matt and Gina are set to face off in court this week, where a judge will hear both sides and make a decision on custody and extending Gina’s restraining order against her ex.
In newly filed docs, Gina informed the court who she plans on calling to testify during the hearing. She also listed the evidence she plans on presenting to the judge.
Gina lists “various photos of Petitioner’s physical injuries from domestic abuse”, “communications between the parties” along with various messages Matt sent her regarding “violations of Temporary Restraining Order”.
She explains she will take the stand talk about Matt’s alleged domestic violence. Gina will also question Matt during the hearing. Gina will also be calling a family member to talk about their knowledge of Matt’s alleged verbal and physical altercations, along with his alleged drug and alcohol abuse.
Gina also has plans to question the police officer who responded to the call of domestic violence at their family home.
The hearing is important as a judge could make a decision on custody of their kids.
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.
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.
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 will remain in effect. The reality star also agreed to possibly allow more days with the kids in the future.
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 for a judge to order Matt be “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 accepting 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 the hearing for this month.