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Why Jen Armstrong Filed for Separation from Husband Ryne, RHOC Star Asks Judge to Prevent Spousal Support

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On May 13, Dr. Jen Armstrong filed for legal separation from her husband, Ryne Holliday. The couple showcased their rocky marriage on season 16 of Real Housewives of Orange County, which recently aired the final reunion.

In September of last year, the couple (who has been married for seven years) had a trial separation, but they eventually chose to reconcile. During the reunion special, Jen hinted that the fate of their marriage was still a question mark.

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It seems the reconciliation is now over.

“There was no specific catalyst for the filing. After their first trial separation in September, Jen and Ryne were still in limbo and Jen felt like she needed to take this step to improve their family dynamic,” a source shared with Page Six.

“The issues they’ve been having are the same issues that played out on the show,” the source explained. “But all is amicable and they are committed to keeping their kids stable and happy.”

During the season, Jen claimed Ryne wasn’t making an effort in the marriage. To many viewers, neither spouse seemed appreciative of the other, regarding their contribution to raising the three kids.

According to legal docs obtained by the outlet, Jen declared that the date of separation was September 8, 2021. The reason was listed as “irreconcilable differences.”

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Jen is seeking physical and legal custody of the kids, but she wants Ryne to have visitation rights.

“Ryne and I are taking some time apart to focus on ourselves and our children,” said the star on Tuesday in a statement to People. “While we are very sad, we are hoping that we will heal and be even stronger as a family. We ask for patience as we navigate this new chapter in our lives.”

According to court papers obtained by Radar, Jen asked a judge to terminate Ryne’s right to spousal support. She also wants her dermatology business to be awarded only to her.

Included in the docs is a list of assets and properties Jen wants. She wants all items obtained by inheritance or as a gift as well as items “acquired prior to marriage and after the date of separation.”

She seeks a 90% interest in their three properties (Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and Honolulu). Additionally, she’s requesting all furniture she purchased, the Porsche Cayenne, bank accounts set up in her name, and jewelry she possesses.

Jen is willing to be responsible for the mortgage of their Laguna Beach and Honolulu properties. She said she’ll only cover 50 percent of a personal loan of $750,000, which came from her mother.

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The doctor believes there are more assets she’ll identify later. So far, her husband Ryne has not yet responded to the petition.

Finally, the couple also issued a statement on May 18 regarding their split.

“Ryne and I are taking some time apart to focus on ourselves and our children,” Jen noted in a statemen via her rep to Us Weekly. “While we are very sad, we are hoping that we will heal and be even stronger as a family. We ask for patience as we navigate this new chapter in our lives.”

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