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.