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Frankel-Hoppy divorce rockier than expected

Despite what may seem to be the case from the outset, it's best not to assume that your divorce will be completely amicable, especially when high assets and child custody issues are involved. For example, consider the New York divorce of Bethenny Frankel, the Skinnygirl founder whose high-profile marital split has been hard to miss in national headlines.

Her divorce from husband Jason Hoppy was initiated back in January, and early on, the former star of "Real Housewives of New York" said she expected to "amicably co-parent" the estranged couple's 2-year-old daughter. Frankel also said that she and Hoppy continue to "love and respect" one another.

Those soft feelings appear to be hardening, however, as the details of the divorce agreement are reaching their culmination. The former couple had drafted a prenuptial agreement, but the division of property is still being scrutinized, as are the conditions of the child custody arrangement.

In court, Frankel has been visibly upset, and she and Hoppy have been arguing during the proceedings. When they announced their split, Frankel issued a statement about her belief that an amicable co-parenting plan was possible. Now, though, she has her doubts.

Referring to her statement shortly after the divorce announcement, Frankel recently had this to say: "Someone said to me recently, 'We see what we want to see.' And I guess, at the time, that's what I did."

In fact, it's easy to lose sight of the reality of a situation when so many emotions are at play and so much is at risk. To protect their assets and their parental rights, New Yorkers considering divorce should be apprised of their options for establishing a sound legal strategy.

Source: New York Daily News, "Bethenny Frankel, Jason Hoppy near divorce settlement; custody agreement still in negotiation," Chiderah Monde, May 1, 2013

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