In Ohio and elsewhere, the feuding parents in a custody battle can put down their strategic litigation weapons at any time and settle the dispute. That recently happened in another state when reality star Bethenny Frankel and husband Jason Hoppy abruptly ended their child custody battle in favor of a shared parenting agreement regarding their 4-year-old daughter, Brin. The nasty allegations dotting the landscape of this protracted dispute had portended a new reality venue between them, i.e., a full-blown trial in a state courtroom.
However, parents may continue negotiating even as they and the court prepare to commence a grueling trial. A high-profile trial would likely be a cruel ordeal for a 4-year-old girl to suffer. It appears, at least for now, that the parents have ultimately found a way to assure the best interests of the child above their own needs.
Indeed, the parties have traded kind words in post-settlement statements. Originally, the reality star and business woman, who is estimated to be worth $50 million, had demanded sole custody in an apparent attempt to drive Hoppy out of their lives. Hoppy’s attorney told reporters that his client was “delighted” with the resolution.
The attorney noted that there would be a shared parenting arrangement, and more importantly, that the child would be spared a high-profile trial. The attorney said that his client wished Bethenny the best. He indicated that Hoppy was looking forward to sharing all of the future events and special occasions as Brin grows up.
In a sense, the case may exemplify how one parent need not always accept a minor role in the child’s life simply because the other parent is demanding it. In this case, Hoppy persevered in his desire to have shared custody. Despite all of the uncomplimentary barbs, there was apparently nothing of any substance that could deny Hoppy his shared parenting time and rights. For parents in Ohio or any other state who face a child custody obstacle, it’s important to remember that, barring any disqualifying factors, the courts will tend to favor shared custody resolutions.
Source: eonline.com, "Bethenny Frankel Custody Case Settled, Ex Jason Hoppy Delighted After Ruling", Lily Harrison and Claudia Rosenbaum, June 4, 2014