The battle continues!
Star of The Real Housewives of New York City, Bethenny Frankel, has been going through a lot. She had a dramatic season on the RHONY, her on and off boyfriend, Dennis Shields, who was her bestfriend tragically passed away, and she has been going through a nasty custody battle with her ex-husband, Jason Hoppy. Last week she was awarded a trial date to gain primary custody of their daughter Bryn, but now it turns out that a forensic expert concluded that both parties were actually fit to co-parent their 8 year old daughter. In December of last year, Bethenny asked to be granted primary custody as well as full decision-making rights for Bryn. The judge granted the trial, but last March she was denied her request to get immediate full custody.
According to Radar Online, the judge ordered forensic expert Dr. Ravitz to determine the custody arrangement. “Dr. Ravitz recommended that the custody arrangement not be changed and that both parents get 50/50, according to the informant. Jason’s lawyers contacted Bethenny’s attorneys and asked to resolve her motion according to Dr. Ravitz’s recommendations, but in their hearing last week Bethenny was still determined to fight for primary custody.” According to sources, the doctor’s report was in favor of Jason’s stance that the custody agreement they have shouldn’t be changed.
Last week they had a hearing, where the Judge said that since the parties couldn’t come to an agreement – he would set an evidentiary hearing on custody during the March 2019 date. Apparently it is scheduled for spring, so that “there was still time for the parties to resolve the custody issue if they were so inclined.”
These situations are extremely tough. Hopefully these two can make it work for the sake of Bryn. I’m rooting for them to resolve this, communicate and co-parent effectively. I feel bad for Bethenny and all that she is going through.
Thoughts on the expert’s opinion that they should have shared custody? Can Bethenny and Jason come to an agreement? What do you think will happen? Sound off below!
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