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Reality star seeks custody, child support in divorce

When a high-earning couple files for divorce, it creates a set of circumstances that a less well-heeled couple might not encounter. In a high asset divorce situation, if both individuals have well-paying jobs or careers or have amassed assets such as real estate, these factors have to be taken into consideration during asset division. In addition, if there are children involved, there will also be custody matters to settle.

Such is the case with the newly announced legal proceedings between reality television star and Skinnygirl founder Bethenny Frankel and her estranged husband Jason Hoppy, who works in real estate. The high-profile couple -- from the BravoTV series "Bethenny Ever After" -- is divorcing. Frankel announced the pair's separation on Dec. 23 and filed for divorce two weeks later. The couple has been married for two years, and they have a 2-year-old daughter.

Frankel is asking for primary physical custody of the child and is also seeking child support and funds for medical care, dental care and other expenses. She is also requesting that a prenuptial agreement the couple signed in March 2010 be enforced. According to Forbes, Frankel made $12 million in 2012.

Sorting through assets and determining how they are to be divided is never easy, and the more there is to divide, the more complex asset division becomes. Add to that considerations of what is in the best interests of the child, and it becomes obvious that no one should attempt to navigate this type of tricky divorce process without, at a minimum, competent legal advice on how to proceed.

Source: Huffington Post, "Bethenny Frankel Divorce Details: Reality Star Asks For Primary Physical Custody," Jan. 7, 2013

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