Bethenny Frankel Doesn’t Have to Pay Ex Jason Hoppy $12,000-a-Month Anymore
It’s a win for Bethenny Frankel.
The Real Housewives of New York City star has been told she is not legally obligated to pay soon-to-be ex-husband Jason Hoppy, a pharmaceutical sales executive, roughly $12,000 a month in spousal support anymore.
On Tuesday, an appellate court in New York ruled in Frankel’s favor that the amount she was paying in temporary maintenance, which is support a higher-earning spouse pays while a divorce case is pending, for the last year was too high for what was agreed. The court also ruled that a trust agreement granting joint ownership of Frankel and Hoppy’s Tribeca apartment, which Hoppy still lives in, was invalid.
“Bethenny is particularly pleased that the trust agreement, which was used in an attempt to obtain joint ownership of an apartment that she purchased, was rendered void and invalid due to fraudulent behavior in connection with the execution of the agreement,” Frankel’s lawyer, Allan Mayefsky, said in a statement. “We believe that the evidence, including evidence of the husband’s fraudulent behavior and unclean hands, will clearly demonstrate that Bethenny, who is the sole purchaser, is also the sole owner. We are also pleased the court invalidated the award of interim spousal support to Jason based on his waiver in the prenuptial agreement.”
Hoppy’s lawyer argued that though Frankel did contribute to the payment of the former couple’s apartment while they were still together, his client had used his own money in its renovations and maintenance, thus entitling him to joint rights to the property. The apartment in question has since appreciated in value from the original $5 million to $7 million.
According to documents, Frankel had bought the apartment under a trust, which named both named her and Hoppy as beneficiaries. However, the court reiterated that the trust was not valid.
Frankel and Hoppy also had a prenup waiving claims for spousal support or maintenance, and the court’s ruling on Tuesday cited this agreement.
The duo, both 45, split in December 2012 after three years of marriage. They have a daughter named Bryn together.