There’s a major custody war going on between Bethenny Frankel and her ex-husband, Jason Hoppy, over their seven-year-old daughter, Bryn. But before anything gets settled, an NYC judge wants Bryn to see a psychologist.
Page Six reported that Judge Michael Katz said, “On the surface, it appears the child is doing well.” But he wants to make sure Bethenny and Jason’s problems aren’t affecting the second grader. He continued, “What is very clear to me is that there is a terrible environment for communication between the parties.”
And he’s right. Communication between Bethenny and Jason has been strained for years specifically when it comes to figuring out what’s best for their daughter. Bethenny’s lawyer, Allan Mayefsky, said, “This is a case where joint custody is just not viable. 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…there’s no way these parties can be joint custodians.”
Jason’s lawyer, Robert Wallack, fired back and said, “The child is thriving under the current custody agreement.” This all comes on the heels of Bethenny’s request to modify the existing custody plan.
While the court did grant Bethenny an updated report in light of her decision to sue Jason in December for full custody, Judge Katz said he’s not making any changes at the moment. Bryn’s evaluation must come first.
And with the second grader’s best interest in mind, Jason’s lawyer said he thinks both Bethenny and Jason need to “grow up.” Speaking in terms of the current custody agreement that was put in place in 2014, he said, “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.” Bethenny and Jason are reportedly due back in court in the spring for an update on the agreement.