By Frank Lovece | Special to Newsday
Matt Kirschenheiter, the estranged husband of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” star and Long Island native Gina Kirschenheiter, says he has lost his job and cannot pay the nearly $10,000 a month in spousal and child support he had agreed to earlier this month.
According to court documents obtained by TheBlast.com, People magazine and others, the 35-year-old financial manager said he was forced to resign from his $421,000-a-year job and that Gina Kirschenheiter, also 35, was paid $86,450 for her first season on the show last year, making her the couple’s primary earner.
He added in his filing that he has had difficulty finding work because of notoriety surrounding her Bravo reality show, including “tabloid type publicity and online articles” about the couple. As well, following Gina Kirschenheiter’s filing for a domestic-violence restraining order against him in June, his former company “made it clear that we must part ways” even though he has not been charged with a crime.
“Income is a huge part of the child support calculation in Arizona and can always be modified if there is a change in circumstances. And, at least here in Arizona, if a parent resigns from his or her job or takes a position with lesser pay, he or she can still be charged with a higher income by the court for purposes of calculating child support.”