In just a few weeks, Joe Giudice will be a free man.
In more ways than one, according to a brand new report.
Indeed, sources confirm to Radar Online that Teresa Giudice really is preparing to cut bait on her marriage, as weeks and weeks' forth of rumors may soon turn into a reality.
Just how likely is this scenario?
What steps, if any, has Teresa taken toward divorce?
“[She] visited a divorce lawyer last week when she got back from Los Angeles,” a source close to The Real Housewives of New Jersey star told Radar, adding in no uncertain terms:
“She is serious about divorcing Joe, and she wants to make sure she is taken care of when it happens.”
This isn't the first we've heard of a possible divorce between Teresa and Joe, but it is the first time we've heard of the former conferring with an attorney.
Two weeks ago, reports circulated that Giudice has already filed her legal paperwork, but that doesn't appear to be the case just yet.
Still, Joe was sentenced to deportation in October, as a judge decreed he broke federal law as a non-U.S. citizen and must therefore return to Italy after he completes his prison term next month.
In a 13-page ruling, this judge explained that Giudice’s crimes - which included conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and failure to file tax returns - could be defined as “aggravated felonies,” or offenses that involve fraud or deceit in which the loss to the victim exceeds $10,000.
He was sent to prison for 41 months for these crimes.
And, unless something changes, will now be sent away from his family.
Couldn't Teresa and his four daughters just follow Joe to Italy?
But how would Teresa benefit financially from such a move?
Insiders have claimed that the veteran Bravo personality (who served time herself behind bars for similar financial crimes) is already looking ahead, both personally and professionally.
She may even be scheming to sign up for a spinoff once Joe is out of the picture.
It would center on her life as a newly single mother of four.
“Her role on [The Real Housewives] just doesn’t pay enough, and Teresa needs the extra cash to be able to buy Joe out of his portion of the ownership of their mansion,” alleges this report.
The informant who offered up such a quote added the following of Teresa's plans:
“[She] has held back a lot of intimate details about her personal life from viewers and is pitching Bravo that this project would allow her to be essentially reintroduced to the audience."
For now, though, questions do remain about Joe's status.
His lawyer has filed an appear in regard to the deportation and a hearing may be held to determine his fate once and for all before Joe leaves jail.
But will Teresa have already left her husband by this time?