The former Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel and estranged husband Jason Hoppy will see their divorce end up in a trial as the two can’t seem to reach any type of settlement. The sticking point between them is Frankel’s desire for sole physical custody while Hoppy wants joint custody of their three year-old daughter, Bryn.
The estranged couple appeared in a New York City courtroom on September 13 to inform the judge overseeing their divorce that they had been unable to come to any sort of agreement. The point of disagreement stems from Bethenny’s insistence on sole physical custody while Jason wants joint custody.
A source close to the situation revealed that, “The judge indicated that it would be in Bethenny’s best interests if she were to sign off on an agreement instead of rolling the dice at trial. She didn’t deal.”
Jason Hoppy and Bethenny Frankel married in 2010 while she was pregnant with Bryn. A source close to Hoppy stated that Jason doesn’t understand why Bethenny is trying “to axe him out of their daughter’s life.”
The source went on to say, “She makes all of these public statements that she hoped the divorce would be amicable, but then filed for sole custody of Bryn. How could it have remained amicable when Bethenny is doing that?”
“Did she honestly believe Jason would just walk away from their daughter? There is no way he would ever do that. If it means going to trial, Jason is willing to take his chances.”
Speaking with Good Day New York, Frankel said, “I have to say, divorce is the most difficult thing you could ever go through in your entire life. I never heard how excruciating it is.” She has stated that it’s too soon to even think about getting married again but she is dating.
Her beau from almost the moment she left Hoppy has been billionaire hedge fund manager, Warren Lichtenstein. According to a source close to Frankel, Lichtenstein “has become one of her most trusted advisers and Bethenny has tremendous respect for him.”
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