Bethenny Frankel Files For Divorce From Husband Jason Hoppy


Just before Xmas, we learned officially from Bethenny Frankel that she and husband Jason Hoppy were separated. Today we learn that she has moved forward and formally filed for divorce. Not only has Bethenny filed the legal paperwork to begin divorce proceedings, she has also filed paperwork to let Hoppy know that she is going after child support as well. Dang.

According to court records in New York, Frankel began the divorce process by filing a summons for divorce — the first step in the divorce process — earlier this week. Frankel and Hoppy announced their separation last month, but the Skinnygirl mogul never used the dreaded D-word … saying at the time, “It brings me great sadness to say that Jason and I are separating. This was an extremely difficult decision that as a woman and a mother, I have to accept as the best choice for our family.”

This is serious business, y’all. Not only is Bethenny going after child support … but she wants other support as well:

Bethenny filed for divorce last week against Jason Hoppy. Now we’ve learned … Bethenny — who is reportedly worth between $25 million and $55 million — has filed legal docs asking for the following from Jason:

— Child support … retroactive from the date she filed for divorce
— Medical, dental, optical, therapeutic, and orthodontic expenses for HER and her child
— Life insurance that makes both her and the kid beneficiaries

She also wants Jason — who made lots of money in real estate — out of their marital residence for good. Bethenny is asking for exclusive occupancy. And there’s more … Bethenny wants primary physical custody of 2-year-old Bryn. Bethenny also wants the judge to enforce their prenup dated March 23, 2010 … signed 5 days before they got hitched. A source connected with Bethenny tells TMZ … “This is a preliminary step to move the process forward. She wants to work this out privately and amicably. All Bethenny cares about is that it works out the best way possible for Bryn.”

Damn. While, sadly, I can’t say that it’s a surprise that Bethenny and Jason couldn’t make it work (it was very clear that they didn’t get along very well on their reality TV show) it is very sad to see how things are panning out. Bethenny wants to kick Jason out of the house, have him pay up (and rightly so) for their daughter AND she wants to make sure that she keeps all of her money, per the pre-nuptial agreement that he signed before they wed. She’s not playing around, she wants him OUT of her life. I hope things settle down at some point … the couple should, at least, be friendly for their daughter’s sake but … yeah … it doesn’t sound like things will work out very nicely for Jason in the end.

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  • Jim

    This is very sad to me. I’m a huge fan of hers, and I was a fan of them as a couple. They seemed to be a great couple in a lot of ways, until the last season of their show. It’s a real shame to see it all but dissolve in front of us. =/

  • Brandon

    What does a woman with 25 to 55 million need child support for?

    • Serenity

      It’s not for her. It’s for the child they have together. Just because one parent can do something doesn’t mean that the other parent is absolved of responsibility.

  • Shivers

    I love Bethenny and though I’m not surprised by this divorce, it does make me extremely sad. I find the primary custody pursuit particularly saddening, it was clear from watching the show that Jason was just as devoted a parent at Bethenny and of course I don’t know the details but I would hope that Bethenny wouldn’t try to monopolize Bryn. I hope that all the talk of being amicable is true in this case, for the sake of that little girl!

    • emily

      I agree Shivers … Jason seems like a really devoted and loving father. Fully custody would hurt him.
      I’ve always really liked Bethenny, and during their show she sought therapy to work through her issues. She seemed to be really trying, and became frustrated when Jason wouldn’t try and she’d turn out to be “the bad guy.” She often complained that he’s this nice guy in public but it’s different behind closed doors.
      I find that hard to believe, but the way she’s going after SO MUCH in this proceeding, it makes me wonder if he’s not the super nice guy we’re led to believe.
      That said, I know Bethenny is a helluva handful with a heaping plate of her own issues … I wouldn’t want to be try to divorcing her, what a headache.
      Bottom line – Bethenny and Jason are both very successful, very grown adults. It’s all about Bryn really and I’m worried what this bitter fighting will do to her. Blech.

  • Nathan

    Bethany seems like a shitty person. I can understand wanting life insurance and medical benefits for their child (even though I’m sure she can afford that), why should she get those things? This man is better off without that woman.

    • Hannah

      I agree. He should contribute to the child’s well being, but for her as well…eh sounds greedy. And the primary custody part, I feel bad.

    • Serenity

      Maybe it’s a bargaining chip? It might be like when you’re haggling over a car. Sure, you might be willing to pay $30,000, but you tell the salesperson you only want to pay $25,000 and work from there. So if she only wants stuff for the child, it’s easier to get if she lets him think he’s having some control by saying “no” to supporting her.

  • martin

    he shouldn’t married her she is damaged goods

    • @martin — “Damaged goods”? That makes no sense.

  • Christine

    From watching the show I knew off the bat they were so different from each other, as much as I enjoyed the show Jason has always seemed to be a great father and I really don’t know why Bethany would seek out full custody? It just doesn’t add up, especially seeing how loving he was with his daughter, I hope she comes to her senses and realizes she needs to put Bryns best interest at heart, and Jason’s parents were the sweetest grandparents ever, this has to be very hard for them. As much I loved watching Bethany I feel she’s taking this much too far with seeking full custody, it’s just not right in my opinion.

    • @Christine — We can’t know for sure but you simply cannot judge a person’s character based on how they seem on a TV show. I’m not saying that Jason wasn’t a loving father but one of Bethenny’s criticisms in her therapy is that Jason likes to show one side of his persona in public (Mr. Nice Guy) and another in private (Mr. Not So Nice Guy). It’s really impossible to judge Jason’s “niceness” by what was shown on TV.