It is usually the other way around, but the Flip or Flop reality star Tarek El Moussa wants spousal support from wife Christina, from which he filed for divorce earlier this month.

Tarek El Moussa and wife Christina have their own reality series, Flip or Flop.
Photo: HGTV

Tarek and Christina El Moussa have announced, in December of last year, that they were parting ways, after eight years of marriage. The couple made public their separation intentions mentioning an altercation at their home which ended up in the police paying them a visit. The incident occurred a few months before the decision to separate, when problems seemed to be piling up. “Like many couples, we have had challenges in our marriage”, their statement to People read. In it, they also gave more information on the household altercation. “We had an unfortunate misunderstanding about six months ago and the police were called to our house in an abundance of caution”, they said, adding that nobody was injured, or even attacked.

Tarek and Christina are parents to 6-year-old daughter Taylor and 1-year-old son Brayden.

On January 10, the lawyer of Tarek El Moussa released a statement in which he confirmed his client had filed for divorce. While the two soon-to-be exes have said, in December, that they would “continue to work through this process civilly and cooperatively”, some recent details seem to blow all that united front up.

According to TMZ, citing divorce documents, Tarek has cited the usual “irreconcilable differences” as the cause for split and is seeking spousal support from Christina. Not only that, but he is also asking the judge to block any requests from her that would imply spousal support from him.

A source from the couple’s entourage explained to TMZ that it was “civilized, or as best it can be under the circumstances”, adding that the two must figure out how to make it work “if they want to continue monetizing what they do.”

Tarek and Christina El Moussa star in their own reality show, Flip or Flop, airing on HGTV, since April 2013.