A judge wants Bethenny Frankel’s daughter to see a psychologist, and he won’t change the custody agreement she has with her ex-husband… for now.
After another fiery court appearance, Page Six reports that Frankel invoked ex Jason Hoppy’s recent stalking charges while his attorneys claimed the Skinnygirl creator didn’t actually care about their 7-year-old’s best interests.
Frankel sued for full custody of Bryn in December 2017, after Hoppy struck a dismissal deal in criminal court for approaching her at their daughter’s school and allegedly hissing, “I will destroy you, you can get all the lawyers you want, you’ve been warned.”
Judge Michael Katz said that while “on the surface it appears the child is doing well,” he wants an undated evaluation from a psychologist to ensure the parents’ venom isn’t warping her youth. What is very clear to me is that there is a terrible environment for communication between the parties,” Katz noted.
“This is a case where joint custody is just not viable,” Frankel’s attorney, Allan Mayefsky, told Katz. “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.”
“He wants joint custody because he wants the child support and he wants to be able to continue to see and harass my client,” said the lawyer, as Frankel stared straight ahead.
Hoppy’s lawyer, Robert Wallack, argued that in all the court papers there hadn’t been a single mention of the 7-year-old.
“She’s smart, she’s happy, she’s healthy, and she’s doing well in second grade,” said Wallack. “The child is thriving under the current custody agreement.”
Hoppy’s attorney also said the duo just needed to “grow up” so their daughter didn’t have to read about herself online.
“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,” he said of the 2014 deal currently in place.
“Does this mean [Frankel] has to wait until the child is 18 to stop receiving these derogatory emails?” Katz smirked.
“As far as respectful communication, that would certainly be a goal,” Wallack backpedaled. “But I want to note the current parenting plan has been working for five years.”
Jason and Bethenny will return to court this Spring.
“Bethenny’s claims of verbal abuse and harassment are untrue and are not borne out by the evidence,” Wallack 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.”