Bethenny Frankel Will Thrash-Out Peaceful Divorce, Says Famed Lawyer

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Bethenny Frankel will offer her soon-to-be ex-husband Jason Hoppy a “chunk of change” to avoid a drawn out divorce battle, according to a famed legal eagle.

Raoul Felder, who has been called the ‘Duke of Divorce’, said the talk-show host and entrepreneur will also bow to Hoppy’s demands for “appropriate custody and visitation rights.”

“Bethenny Frankel is a super smart business woman,” said Felder, who over 30 years has represented such clients as Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Mike Tyson, Elizabeth Taylor, the wives of Patrick Ewing and writer Tom Clancy, as well as model Stephanie Seymour. He is not representing Frankel, 42.

In court papers filed in New York, the ex-Real Housewives of New York star sought primary physical custody of their two-year-old daughter, Bryn, as well as claiming child support and medical expenses against husband of two years, Hoppy.

But Felder said he saw nothing suspicious in Frankel’s initial move.

“There was nothing unusual here as she was claiming everything (in a bid) to protect herself,” he said.

“But things will change as the divorce progresses.”

He added, “I understand they had a pre-nuptial agreement but Bethenny Frankel is very shrewd and she will not want to run up huge attorney’s fees and court costs in a protracted divorce.

“She will try and thrash-out an amicable deal and end this marriage in a quick and clean fashion.”

Frankel — said to be worth more than $100 million — shed tears when she appeared on Ellen DeGenereson Wednesday to talk about the breakdown of her marriage.

The Bravo star admitted that being a reality star offered a false sense of her life and that she “felt like a failure” because the marriage did not work out.

“I really put it out there. I wanted the fairytale. I thought I had it,” she told the talk show host.

Hard-bitten attorney Felder did not fully buy into Frankel’s chat show tears, however.

“Look, I think the real time to cry is behind closed doors,” said the renowned attorney, whose latest book is entitled Reflections in a Mirror: Of Love, Loss, Death and Divorce.

“She was obviously unhappy in her marriage and called time on that and is now moving on the best way she can.”

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