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OC 'Housewife' Vicki Gunvalson Files for Divorce

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By Laura Strachan, Esq. on October 20, 2010 4:08 PM

The name "The Real Housewives" is becoming an increasingly deceiving adjective for the popular show that chronicles the lives of wealthy women in Atlanta, Orange County, New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., and Beverly Hills. Case in point, OC housewife Vicki Gunvalson files for divorce. So doesn't that mean she isn't really a housewife anymore? There are others in similar single positions on every version of the show. Good thing the show is more about the women and their lavish lifestyles than it is about the actual act of being a housewife.

People reports that OC Housewife Vicki Gunvalson filed for divorce from her husband of sixteen years, Donn Gunvalson. The couple renewed their marriage vows just last year in an episode for the show, after a very public broadcasting of the many marital woes between the two. Gunvalson is one of the few original cast members on the OC version of the Bravo show and is best known for being a very career-driven insurance agent. Donn was her second husband.

People quotes Gunvalson on the split,

"Donn has been an important part of my life and will continue to be. Anyone who has gone through a divorce understands that this is a personal matter and a difficult time in our lives. Its amicable and we are not at odds with one another. It's just time. I would also like to thank all of you for the love and support that we have received."

Filing for divorce is the first step in what can often turn into a long process. When money is involved, things can get much more complicated, quickly. Vicki had two children from a previous marriage that are both adults now so child custody and support, two of the more heated issues in a divorce, will not be battled here. The main issues between these two will likely concern division of property and finances. California is a community property state, but there has not been any information released as to whether the couple signed any type of prenuptial agreement. As I concluded my last Real Housewives post .... stay tuned next week to see which housewife is teaching us about the law.

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