Frankly, Frankel's divorce could get complicated

The Bravo network has followed the rise of Skinnygirl cocktail founder Bethenny Frankel. She began as a costar in the "Real Housewives" series but then sprung away from that show for her own Bravo show, "Bethenny Ever After," which followed the engagement, wedding planning and marriage between Frankel and her now estranged husband Jason Hoppy.

It hasn't been happily ever after as the show's title suggested, and now the estranged reality TV stars are trying to get to happy through a divorce. In the mix of this public split is not just the couple's young daughter. There are a lot of money matters that could make the property division and alimony aspects of this divorce a passionate and complicated fight.

Frankel started her cocktail franchise with her Skinnygirl Margarita. Her startup made her a reported $120 million when Jim Beam bought her brand, still giving her some creative control over the Skinnygirl products.

For those who've watched Frankel's reality show, they know that Hoppy was not just along for the ride while Frankel was making business decisions; he was helping her steer the ship. The couple was also married by the time that Jim Beam bought out Skinnygirl. The business aspect of this couple's relationship opens up many questions regarding who will get what during the division of assets.

For now, the battle that the couple seems most interested in is the child custody battle for their daughter. Business Insider reports that both want primary custody of the 2-year-old, whom America has come to know through the reality programs.

This is more than just a buzzworthy celebrity divorce. It will provide a window into an area of family law that we are experienced in: divorces involving businesses. Our attorneys have experience with not just family law but business matters as well, making us well-equipped to handle complex divorces.

Source: Business Insider, "Bethenny Frankel's Divorce Gets Ugly As Ex Fights For Primary Custody And $5M Apartment," Aly Weisman, Jan. 24, 2013


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