Vicki Gunvalson’s Boyfriend Steve Accused Of Hiding Assets & Dragging Out Divorce

Vicki Gunvalson has been pressuring her boyfriend Steve Lodge to propose on The Real Housewives of Orange County, but his past divorces could force him to think twice before getting down on one knee! can exclusively reveal Lodge was involved in two nasty divorces where his ex-wives accused him of dragging out the court process.

In court papers obtained from Superior Court of California in Orange County, Lodge filed for divorce from his wife Tonya Compton on March 13, 2013, citing irreconcilable differences, after nearly three years of marriage.

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In Compton’s response filed on March 29, 2013, she asked the court to terminate his right to request spousal support. She requested that she receive spousal support and that Lodge pay her attorney fees.

On November 20, 2013, Lodge requested motion to bifurcate marital status, which means splitting marital status from all other divorce issues such as spousal support and property division.

“The divorce filing was in March of 2013 so it has been over six months through the legal process,” he wrote in his filing. “I would request the court to terminate my marriage so that I can emotionally and psychologically move on in that relationship. A continued legal bond causes me both emotional anxiety and public humiliation. I ask the court to immediately dissolve this marriage.”

But the divorce was far from over, as Compton’s lawyer claimed Lodge refused to provide the proper paperwork. 

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“On or about June 10, 2013, Steven sent our office an Income and Expense Declaration dated June 10, 2013, which had no substantiating documents attached, such as paystubs, profit and loss statements or tax returns,” the December 23, 2013 filing claimed. “He also sent a schedule of assets and debts, but did not attach copies of the documents indicated on the form such as copies of deeds, mortgage statements, title documents for vehicles, latest statements from financial accounts, retirement and pension plan summary documents, benefit statements or credit card statements.”

He also allegedly failed to provide accurate and complete written disclosure of any investment opportunity, business opportunity or other income producing opportunity since date of separation.

On the same day, Compton filed a motion to oppose Lodge’s request for bifurcation.

“I have made numerous attempts to amicably settle our divorce since January 2013, over two months before the date Steven filed for divorce,” she alleged. “He has refused all offers presented and has refused to negotiate. He has continued to deliberately delay any type of settlement by his failure to provide even the minimum documentation requested.”

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She then claimed Lodge failed to provide the documents requested because he is “trying to drag out this litigation as long as possible.”

“He gets the benefit of residing in our marital home, the community’s largest asset, refusing to sell it, while forcing me to live in a rental unit because my equity is locked in the marital home,” she alleged. “There is no question that the marital home is the community’s largest asset and has to be sold, which is puzzling as to why he wouldn’t agree to list it during the last 7 months of his failure to comply with discovery.”

She then brought up his ex-wife, and how he requested bifurcation and “dragged his feet with regard to the remaining issues for years.”

Then on January 6, 2014, Lodge’s ex-wife Karla Frazee filed a declaration of support defending Compton. 

“When Petitioner and I commended our dissolution proceeding, Petitioner demanded that we bifurcate the issue of status,” her filing claimed. “I understood that I would become ‘single’ after the dissolution was completed, so I stipulated to bifurcate the issue of status as petitioner required.”

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She then accused Lodge of taking “every opportunity” to “delay” their litigation process. She claimed it took over a year to resolve their issues, which put her in a “very precarious financial position.”

In Compton’s Settlement Conference Brief filed on April 2, 2014, she claimed he has a monthly income of $15,724.

“Lodge intentionally frustrated Respondent’s ability to ascertain his actual income,” she alleged. “It is assumed that his actual income is, in fact, higher. From this income, Petitioner has the ability to pay spousal support."

But in Lodge’s Settlement Conference Brief filed on April 3, 2014, he claimed that she has been “self sustaining” since she moved out in September 2012 and isn’t in need of spousal support.

“Respondent cohabitates with her current boyfriend and shares in paying for living expenses for her residence,” Lodge claimed in his filing. “Respondent makes a stated $10,833 per month in income.

Despite the tumultuous divorce, the two reached an agreement.

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In the judgment, both parties waived their right for spousal support. Each must pay their own attorney’s fees.

Lodge was ordered to put their home on the market and pay the mortgage and property taxes until sold. Compton shall retain 100 percent of the 3 percent commission she received from the sale. Lodge was ordered to pay up to $6,000 in closing costs.

The marriage was terminated on May 15, 2014.

A rep for Lodge declined to comment on the divorce.

On an episode of RHOC, Gunvalson pressured Lodge to propose.

“I would like to be married,” she said. “I told you right out of the gate. There has to be an end goal. If not, I am going to carry on.” even reported that she wants an on-camera wedding! 

Do you think Lodge and Gunvalson would have an amicable breakup if they split? Tell us in the comments!

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