And the saga continues…
This decision comes after the estranged exes met in court on Thursday. During the court appearance, Bethenny’s side pointed out Jason’s history of stalking and harassment while Jason’s lawyers claimed Bethenny didn’t care about her 7-year-old daughter’s best interests.
However, the Judge didn’t seem to care about Jason and Bethenny’s issues and was more focused on their daughter’s well-being and mental state.
Judge Michael Katz said while “on the surface, it appears the child is doing well,” he wants Brynn to be evaluated by a psychologist to make sure that her parents’ venom toward each other isn’t ruining her childhood.
“What is very clear to me is that there is a terrible environment for communication between the parties,” Katz noted.
Meanwhile, Bethenny’s team insists that co-parenting and joint custody isn’t an option especially following Jason’s harassment.
“This is a case where joint custody is just not viable,” Frankel’s attorney, Allan Mayefsky, told Katz earlier Thursday. “The harassment, the stalking, the 500 emails in 90 days, in which he called her a ‘sad, miserable, bitter old woman,’ and said, ‘I’ll pray for you,’ while asking about life insurance — a veiled threat — there’s no way these parties can be joint custodians.”
Adding Jason only wants to keep the current custody agreement so that he can continue to get money from the SkinnyGirl mogul and continue to harass her.
“He wants joint custody because he wants the child support and he wants to be able to continue to see and harass my client,” Bethenny’s lawyer explained.
Jason’s lawyer, Robert Wallack, claims the opposite and says that in the court papers there’s no mention of their daughter; insisting that she’s “thriving” under the joint-custody agreement.
“She’s smart, she’s happy, she’s healthy, and she’s doing well in second grade,” boomed Wallack. “The child is thriving under the current custody agreement.”
A shocking moment came when Jason’s lawyer argued that both parties need to “grow up” to keep their private life out of the papers.
“You made this agreement, you’re going to have to grow up, you’re going to have to act like adults, and you’re going to have to make it work in the best interest of the child here,” Jason’s attorney said of the 2014 custody deal.
“Does this mean [Frankel] has to wait until the child is 18 to stop receiving these derogatory emails?” Judge Katz interjected.
“As far as respectful communication, that would certainly be a goal,” Wallack clarified. “But I want to note the current parenting plan has been working for five years.”
“Bethenny’s claims of verbal abuse and harassment are untrue and are not borne out by the evidence,” Jason’s lawyer said after the hearing. “The judge today simply acknowledged that the parties have had difficulty communicating with one another. And, while I don’t believe that re-opening this custody case is in Bryn’s best interests, the fact is Jason Hoppy is a great dad, and I fully expect that we will prevail if there’s a custody hearing.”
The former reality TV couple are due back in court this spring.
Thoughts on this latest development? Do you think Brynn should see a psychologist? Do Bethenny and Jason need to grow up? Can Bethenny and Jason co-parent?
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