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Bethenny Frankel settles custody issue of her divorce

Massachusetts residents who watch reality television may be happy to learn that former reality television star Bethenny Frankel and her estranged husband Jason Hoppy were finally able to settle one aspect of their high asset divorce this week: the custody of their 4-year-old daughter.

The 43-year-old entrepreneur had been engaged in a very ugly custody dispute with her husband over the terms of the custody agreement, with the two parents sharing the same living space after filing for divorce. Frankel described that arrangement as "brutal, horrendous, excruciating." The former talk show host testified that Hoppy, also 43, wouldn't allow her to be alone with their daughter in the apartment and stared at her "with a menacing face."

While the terms are not publicly known at this time, Hoppy's attorney issued a statement saying that his client was delighted to have the custody issues resolved and "his co-parenting status has been acknowledged; the parties' child will have the benefit of being raised by both parents."

Frankel has rented another apartment to share with her daughter during their times together, and both parents appear happy to have this chapter of their divorce finally behind them.

Hashing out divorce and custody issues when there is accumulated hostility between the parties is never easy, but it is even harder when one or both parties are in the public eye and every move is scrutinized. When emotions are running high, it can be too difficult to reach accord between the parties. Skilled attorneys can mediate between the spouses and help their clients focus on issues of prime importance to both parties without letting incendiary past incidents cloud the judgment of otherwise rational parents and former partners.

Source: People, "Bethenny Frankel 'Thrilled' Custody Battle Is Over, Says Source" Janine Rayford Rubenstein, Jun. 05, 2014

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