Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy have been divorcing for nearly twice as long as the marriage lasted. Despite having a prenuptial agreement that stated both parties are fully capable of being self supporting, agree to waive any and all claims for spousal support and/or maintenance both now and in the future, Jason asked the courts for, and received over $12,000 a month as temporary maintenance. Um how long is temporary maintenance supposed to last? Bethenny filed for divorce in January 2012! He also gets $10,000 in child support a month as well. I mean he has a job, right? And I believe he is still squatting in their condo!
Bethenny won her appeal today and two of the three judges agreed to reverse the first judges decision that Bethenny must pay temporary maintenance to Jason. That’s $144,00o dollars a year that Bethenny can stop doling out to Jason. The thought of Jason getting $264,000 a year TAX FREE from Bethenny is just insane to me. The one dissenting judge said that he didn’t think the language of the prenup was specific enough because it didn’t address temporary maintenance specifically. Seriously? I think the intent was clear when the both agreed that they are fully capable of being self supporting. I’m not clear on whether or not Jason will be responsible for paying back the support she has already paid.
The other matter before the court concerned the $5 million dollar condo that Bethenny paid for. This is a big legal mess. Bethenny paid for the condo herself. She designed it, she oversaw the work, it was her baby. Normally she would be considered the settlor; however, there are two major issues. First, Jason claims that they agreed that the apartment would be joint property and that he did contribute financially to the maintenance and renovation of the apartment. Secondly, the house was purchase by a trust in which both Jason and Bethenny were each beneficiaries of the trust. BUT, there is an issue that has invalidated the trust itself. That issue involves the “nature of the signatures” on the trust. Bethenny’s attorneys want the courts to determine if Jason was “involved in any fraud in the preparation and execution of the trust agreement.” Reading between the lines it sounds like when Jason was acting as Bethenny’s business manager he signed the trust agreement for both of them. That may not be as illegal as it sounds if he had some sort of power of attorney to sign documents on Bethenny’s behalf. It’s likely he did at least for the period where he was acting as her manager. If he didn’t he could be in big trouble.
So for now, as odd as it seems, with the trust being invalidated, technically no one owns the condo right now. They now have to have a hearing in civil court to work out who gets the condo. My question is, why didn’t Bethenny just buy out Jason for a couple million dollars and be done with it? Paying for multiple divorce attorneys for FOUR YEARS likely cost her as much if not more than that in attorney’s fees. Maybe she tried and he wouldn’t take it.
Meanwhile, they are still technically married.