Bethenny Frankel no longer has to pay child support

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Former “RHONY” star Bethenny Frankel will no longer have to pay child support to her ex-husband, Jason Hoppy, it was revealed during a court hearing on Wednesday.

During a video hearing in the estranged couple’s divorce case – which has been going on for almost nine years – Frankel’s lawyer, Allan Mayefsky, asked a judge to allow his client to stop paying child support as their daughter, Bryn, 11, chose to primarily live with Frankel despite a 50/50 childcare agreement.

Mayefsky also asked the judge to change the custody schedule so Bryn would spend less time with his father.

“We have a schedule in place that Bryn can be comfortable with and the court can order so we don’t have these constant fights,” Mayefsky said. “We have to recognize that Ms. Frankel is the primary parent…she shouldn’t be paying child support at this point.”

Bethenny Frankel pictured in East Hampton with her daughter, Bryn.
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Frankel – who appeared on the video call, looked polished and wore a white blouse with a black overlay vest – told the judge that even with a new schedule, “everything you put on paper is is great for structure, but she’s a life, breathe something and she won’t always fit.

Jason Hoppy pictured leaving New York court three years ago.
Jason Hoppy pictured leaving New York court three years ago.
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Both Frankel and Mayefsky explained that Bryn suffered from anxiety, hyperventilation and hives and sometimes refused to go see his father, at least in part because of his parents’ ongoing conflict.

“I want her to see her dad,” Frankel said. “I know how important it is for a child to have a good relationship with both parents.”

Hoppy showed up to the hearing without a lawyer and read a statement saying he was not going to fight Frankel’s demands.

The couple pictured at their wedding in 2010. Frankel filed for divorce in 2012.
The couple pictured at their wedding in 2010. Frankel filed for divorce in 2012.
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“It’s not Bryn’s problem or Bryn’s problem with me,” Hoppy told the judge. “Therefore, I am stepping down from this fight – for Bryn and my physical, emotional and mental health.”

“I will not spend the rest of Bryn’s childhood fighting as we share joint physical custody,” the father continued. “Bryn knows I love her, I want her and I will always be available to spend time together.”

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Katz told Hoppy that if he did not oppose Frankel’s motion, “then the relief sought will be granted.”

Frankel and Hoppy vacation together in happier times.
Frankel and Hoppy vacation together in happier times.
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“I’m withdrawing from this toxic environment,” Hoppy replied. “It’s not good for me or Bryn.”

At the end of the hearing, Katz said, “I hope this will be the last time I need to see you.

“I think both sides have spent quite a bit of time in court arguing these issues.”

“Hopefully making a minor adjustment to the schedule will make things more comfortable for Bryn,” Judge said.

Frankel – who was married to Hoppy for two years – filed for divorce in 2012. The couple finalized the acrimonious split in January.

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