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Gina Kirschenheiter Won $230,000 from Ex-husband — a Look Back at Their Tumultuous Divorce

Edduin Carvajal
Nov 23, 2020
10:20 A.M.

Gina Kirschenheiter, known for “Real Housewives of Orange County,” has been making headlines since 2018 due to her split with her ex-husband, Matthew Kirschenheiter.


Matt and Gina Kirschenheiter met before graduating from college and stayed in a relationship for over a decade and married for almost eight.

During that time, they had three children together, sons Nicholas and Luca, and daughter Sienna, who often make appearances on their mom’s social media profiles.

Gina Kirschenheiter on October 22, 2018 at during an interview with "Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen" | Photo: Getty Images

Gina Kirschenheiter on October 22, 2018 at during an interview with "Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen" | Photo: Getty Images


Unfortunately, the former couple went through a very uncommon and difficult divorce, and although Matt never really appeared in “RHOC” while the process was getting done, their relationship was a common theme in the reality show.

Gina and Matt announced their split in July 2018, only a week before she debuted in season 13 of “RHOC.” She pointed out, however, that her decision to work in the series didn’t impact their relationship.


The TV personality pointed out that, after coming out of the baby-phase (they had three children in less than four years), they realized that their relationship “had run its course.”


Apart from that, he had just accepted a job in Los Angeles and was living there from Monday to Friday, while she stayed home due to her commitment to “RHOC.”



Initially, Matt and Gina Kirschenheiter were keeping things civil as they were focused on co-parenting. The “RHOC” star even admitted that he was her best friend and the “most important person” to her.

In June 2019, she sparked some reconciliation rumors after uploading a heartfelt birthday post. In it, she thanked Matt for being the “best father” to their kids and being the “best friend” she could have asked. The photo was removed from her Instagram feed.


Gina and Matt’s reconciliation was officially confirmed in an episode of “RHOC” aired in December 2019 as she told her mom that they had decided against getting divorced. She added that it was the first time he was fighting for their family.

Sadly, on June 22, 2019, Gina Kirschenheiter’s ex-husband was arrested on domestic violence charges. Days later, she filed for a restraining order against Matt, who reportedly hit and threaten to kill her while their three children were home.

Matt and Gina agreed to split a little over $460,000.


If that wasn’t bad enough, the TV personality confessed that it had not been the first violent argument in their relationship, adding that she had been scared of him in the past.

In August, a judge officially agreed to their marriage's dissolution. Still, their marital status stayed as “married” as they needed to complete paperwork regarding joint properties, child and spousal support, and other issues.



Initially, Matt was ordered to pay her $10,000 a month, but he claimed he could not pay it because, following his arrest, he was forced to quit his job.

His lawyer went as far as to blame Matt’s job loss on Gina’s role in “RHOC” as she decided to talk about their split in the show. Consequently, he got “slammed” in his personal life.


In July 2020, the former couple made headlines again after it was revealed that she allowed Matt not to pay child and spousal support ($10,000) in exchange for $230,000.

It is important to point out that, with their agreement, neither of them will have to pay the other any spousal or child support.


Apart from that, Matt and Gina agreed to split a little over $460,000 they held in a joint retirement account. Nowadays, Gina Kirschenheiter is in a much better place as she is currently dating Travis Mullen.

Although the TV personality pointed out that she was not planning on having more children, she said Travis opened her mind to walk down the aisle again. Only time will tell if Gina will give love a second chance.

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