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Duel filings make Frankel's divorce anything but amicable

This blog previously wrote about the impending divorce of reality television star-turned successful businesswoman Bethenny Frankel. Frankel has an extensive fortune from her years as a "Real Housewife" and other reality television shows and her Skinnygirl products. That is protected by a prenuptial agreement, but her estranged husband recently filed papers of his own, meaning the property division process is about to get more contentious.

Only about three weeks after Frankel filed divorce papers, her estranged husband filed his own divorce papers, also requesting primary custody of the couple's 2-year-old daughter. The couple had originally announced that their divorce was going to be amicable, and that they were concentrating on their daughter's needs. It appears that both parents think the girl will be better off with them.

The two have made similar requests in their divorce filings. Each one is asking the other to pay child support, each spouse wants the other to cover the other and the girl's medical and dental expenses, and each is asking the other to maintain a life insurance policy with the other spouse and the daughter as beneficiaries.

The estranged husband has also asked to be given the couple's $5 million luxury apartment. It is not known if Frankel wants the apartment.

This is what can happen when people with a great amount of assets get divorced. While a prenuptial agreement will help some property division issues be decided easily, there are others -- along with child custody -- that will likely go before a judge, unless the couple can actually come to an amicable settlement.

Source: Access Hollywood, "Bethenny Frankel's Estranged Husband Jason Hoppy Files Divorce Papers (Report)," Jan. 24, 2013

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