“What is very clear to me is that there is a terrible environment for communication between the parties,” the judge said during Thursday’s proceedings, Page Six reported.
Jason’s lawyer Robert Wallack argued that Bryn was “thriving under the current custody agreement.” “She’s smart, she’s happy, she’s healthy, and she’s doing well in second grade,” he said. He said it was up to her parents to “grow up” and “act like adults…to make it work in the best interests of the child here.”
Bethenny’s lawyer Allan Mayefsky, however, claimed that joint custody is “just not viable.” “The harassment, the stalking, the 500 emails in 90 days, in which he called her a ‘sad, miserable, bitter old woman,’ and said, ‘I’ll pray for you,’ while asking about life insurance — a veiled threat — there’s no way these parties can be joint custodians,” he argued.
Bethenny’s lawyer went on to allege that Jason only wants joint custody so that he can continue to get child support and “continue to see and harass my client.” In January 2017, Jason allegedly showed up at Bryn’s school and threatened to “destroy” Bethenny. 11 months later, Bethenny sued for full custody of their daughter.
Meanwhile, Jason’s lawyer argued that Bethenny’s claims “of verbal abuse and harassment” are not true. “The judge today simply acknowledged that the parties have had difficulty communicating with one another,” he said. “And, while I don’t believe that re-opening this custody case is in Bryn’s best interests, the fact is Jason Hoppy is a great dad, and I fully expect that we will prevail if there’s a custody hearing.”
Jason and Bethenny’s next court date will happen in the early spring. Do you think Jason and Bethenny could co-parent Bryn? Sound off in the comments below.