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Legal Issues in Frankel-Hoppy Divorce

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Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy / Credit: Barbara Nitke/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy / Credit: Barbara Nitke/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

We don’t often discuss celebrity divorces around here, but the legal issues involved in the split of Skinnygirl Cocktails founder Bethenny Frankel and her estranged husband Jason Hoppy are forcing our typing hands. From custody, child support, alimony, and living arrangements to prenuptial agreements, this is one divorce that, for better or worse, truly seems to have it all.

Frankel announced her separation from Hoppy in December 2012 after two years of marriage, and filed for divorce soon thereafter; Hoppy’s response to the petition essentially asked the court for all the things Frankel had requested in her filing.

Those two actions together set up a kind of battle royale in divorce court, and what follows are some of the main sticking points despite the fact that there have been recent reports that the two have since agreed to divorce based on the “irretrievable breakdown” of their marriage.

Custody/Child Support//Child Care

The couple have a daughter, Bryn, now three years old; her custody and care is one of the major issues remaining in this divorce. Both sides would like primary custody of Bryn as well as child support and for the other party to pay for medical, dental, and life insurance policies.

Recently, it was reported that Hoppy is open to considering joint custody. Parents with joint custody share decision-making regarding the child as well as split physical time spent with the child.

On more everyday matters, the couple has argued over whether Frankel should have the option of having their daughter appear on her upcoming talk show; Hoppy doesn’t want Bryn in the audience or in pre-taped segments while Frankel would like permission for her daughter to appear. The couple even reportedly had a heated discussion in front of the presiding judge over Bryn’s consumption of junk food while with Hoppy, which reportedly led to them being scolded by the court for their behavior.


Each side has apparently requested spousal support from the other, which is another issue that has yet to be resolved in a settlement agreement.

Living Arrangements

Both parties are seeking to stay in the marital home, a lavish, $5 million, recently refurbished apartment in Tribeca, New York City; in fact, since both Frankel and Hoppy have a valid claim to the place while still married, the two have continued to cohabitate throughout divorce proceedings.

Frankel has called this living situation “very stressful,” which could quite possibly qualify as the Understatement of the Year judging from the antagonism involved in this break-up.

Prenuptial Agreement

The pair signed a prenuptial agreement in 2010 that sources have said is “iron clad” in that Frankel’s business deals and endorsements are hers and hers only; the agreement was allegedly modified after Frankel sold her Skinnygirl brand to Jim Beam in 2011 for a reported $120 million, but details of the prenup haven’t been made public.

Hopefully for the sake of all parties involved, especially Bryn, the pair can get all these issues hammered out and the divorce on the books before even more bad blood spills between them.

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July 3rd, 2013 at 3:44 pm