It’s been nearly three months since Joe Giudice began his 41-month prison sentence for fraud, but his wife, Teresa Giudice and their four daughters, Gia, 15, Gabriella, 12, Milania, 10, and Audriana, 6, haven’t been able to visit as much as they want.
“She’s been going up every other weekend, with whichever of the girls don’t have activities,” Teresa’s lawyer James Leonard explains to PEOPLE exclusively.
“Where he is, you get a certain number of points every month and each visit counts as a point. Weekend visits are considered more points,” Leonard explains. “So because he also has his mother and sister coming to visit, and Teresa can’t go during the week because the girls are in school, they’re having to do it every other weekend.”
Teresa, 44, finished her own 11 month prison sentence for fraud in December.
“The way it was when she was there was, Joe would come up with whatever girls didn’t have activities. Teresa didn’t want anybody disrupting the girls’ activities just to come see her,” Leonard says. “Joe feels the same way. They want their kids to be able to have a normal schedule and feel like they’re living a normal life.”
Leonard says Teresa and Joe “speak every day on the phone and over email and with the girls. Just like when she was away,” and that Joe, 44, is “getting acclimated” to his new surroundings.
“He’s settling in and he’s getting along as well as can be expected.”
As for Teresa, who is caring for their four daughters on her own, “Her mind is on her husband and her children and that’s all she’s concerned about,” says Leonard. “She’s looking forward to when the girls get out of school and they can visit Joe with more frequency.”
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