Feuding exes Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy may have called off their nearly two-and-half year marriage in December 2012, but the legal fallout is far from over. On Thursday, June 20, the exes met once again in court to duke it out over custody of their 2-year-old daughter Bryn.
"Today was really difficult for Bethenny," a source close to the Skinnygirl mogul tells Us Weekly. "The divorce is taking a toll on her. She just wants what's best for her daughter. She wants this divorce to be over and done with, but it's being drawn out by Jason. All Bethenny wants to do is move on."
Adds another insider: "Jason calls paparazzi to set up shots of him hanging out with Bryn and being father of the year while he has on his wedding ring."
Frankel, 42, and Hoppy, 41, are currently both vying for primary custody of their young daughter while they continue to cohabitate in their 3,400-square-foot Tribeca loft — where more drama unfolded about a month ago, when Frankel was taping a piece for her talk show.
According to a source at the shoot, "There were about 20 people over at the house. Jason freaked out and started snapping at everybody. He tried to stop the entire filming. Bethenny had to move the shoot into her bedroom." The source adds, "Jason has been making the living arrangements really uncomfortable and not a healthy living space for Bryn. Bethenny has had to leave so she takes Bryn to hotels so they can have alone quality time together where it's not uncomfortable in the apartment."
Eyewitnesses have seen Frankel spending time with Bryn at hotels like the Trump Soho and the Mondrian.
While there is an iron-clad prenup in place regarding Frankel's reported $100 million fortune, the pharmaceutical sales exec is currently seeking child support and primary custody of Bryn.
"Jason is livid with how cold Bethenny has been with him since the split," a Hoppy source told Us. "He wants to make her pay."
Earlier this year, the former couple reunited briefly to celebrate Bryn's third birthday party at Dylan's Candy Bar by Bloomingdales. Though the exes were both in the same room, however, they did not speak to one another, a source told Us.
In February, Frankel admitted that though the divorce process has been a difficult one, she is grateful that the marriage has given her a "beautiful" gift: Daughter Bryn.
"Listen, it's a struggle, and like any struggle, you push through it and move forward," she told Good Morning America in a Feb. 8 interview. "I'm going through something very difficult. And you know what? Every dark cloud has a silver lining. I do have a beautiful daughter and I have a lot of things to be thankful and grateful for."
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