RHOC's Noella Bergener files for divorce from husband James and demands legal & physical custody of son James Jr, 2

REAL Housewife of Orange County star Noella Bergener has filed for divorce from her husband James Bergener and is demanding legal and physical custody of their two-year-old son, James Jr. 

In court documents first exclusively obtained by The Sun, Noella said she wants James to pay spousal support as well as her attorney fees. 

The reality star, who was named as one of the newest OC Housewives early this year as first confirmed by The Sun, said in the documents she would allow James visitation with the child. 

The court ultimately determines any child support that would be awarded. 

In the new petition, Noella noted that she doesn’t know the exact amount of their assets and debts and reserved the right to update that information at a later date. 

The couple were married in June of 2020 and James first filed for divorce from his wife in August in Puerto Rico, as TMZ reported. 

Sources told the outlet the RHOC star was "blindsided" by the filing, adding that James does not currently live at the Orange County home they share together. 

The split seems to be mutual, as RadarOnline reported Noella also filed for legal separation on August 2.  

In filing for legal separation, Noella was not filing to end her marriage, however this new petition for marital dissolution ultimately would. 

James has yet to respond to either of Noella’s petitions.  

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James filed for divorce shortly after he was accused of owing nearly $6 million in back taxes. 

He is a well known attorney in Southern California, while many locals will recognize him from his billboards and advertisements that are placed throughout the area. 

According to RadarOnline, "the IRS and the State of California filed liens against Noella's husband who runs a successful law firm named Sweet James." 

James has been accused of "refusing to pay $1,878,438 for 2018 and $2,166,680 for 2019." 

Meanwhile, he reportedly owes the State of California $1,851,225.04 for both 2018 and 2019. 


Back in June, The Sun reported that Noella had joined the cast for season 16 of RHOC. 

She previously appeared on the show as a friend of fired star Braunwyn Windham-Burke. 

Fans first met socialite Noella during season 15, when she and Braunwyn got together to talk about the former RHOC star's relationship with her husband, Sean Burke. 

Speaking of Noella's casting, a source exclusively told The Sun: "Noella is coming on board as a cast member for the new season, though Braunwyn will not be returning. 

"They tested her out before the firing decisions were made. She has good chemistry with other potential new cast members." 

During Noella's guest appearance last season, Braunwyn described her friend as "the life of the party." 

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