“Teresa visited a divorce lawyer last week when she got back from Los Angeles,” a source close to the reality star revealed to Radar Online. “She is serious about divorcing Joe, and she wants to make sure she is taken care of when it happens.”
As the report explained, Teresa, who shares four daughters with Joe, has been fueling rumors of divorce for weeks. In fact, after being linked to a mystery man following a visit to Miami for New Year’s, Teresa was seen celebrating her daughter Gia’s 18th birthday party without her wedding ring.
In October of last year, months before Joe’s scheduled release from prison, Judge John P. Ellington decided to deport Joe back to his native Italy due to his “aggravated felonies.” Joe was eligible for deportation because his crimes included fraud or deceit in excess of $10,000.
Although Joe’s attorneys filed an appeal against the ruling, his deportation has not yet been overturned.
While a judge is expected to make an official decision regarding the appeal prior to Joe’s release in March, Teresa may not be willing to wait until he’s out of prison to make her official decision about the future of their marriage.
“Teresa talked to the lawyer about divorce. She wants to know all of her options for when she pulls the plug,” the source confirmed.
“Teresa told Andy that if Joe gets deported, she’s not going,” a source at the reunion told PEOPLE. “She said that she and Joe had talked about it over the phone, and that he understood.”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey season nine airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo TV.
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