Things are getting juicy in the divorce saga of Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy!
Just weeks after announcing their decision to split, the former reality star struck back at his ex by counter filing with his own set of divorce demands. The primary issue for the pharmaceutical executive is custody of their daughter, Bryn, 2. In direct contrast to Bethenny's divorce filing, Jason is seeking that he be awarded primary custody of the tot plus child support and medical and dental insurance coverage for both himself and the youngster. The daytime talk host had previously asked for the same custody, support and insurance arrangements for herself and Bryn.
Despite reportedly getting the boot from the couple's $5 million apartment in New York City, Jason is asking for the exclusive use and occupancy of the high dollar property. He also wants his soon-to-be-ex to cover the bill for his divorce lawyer and accountant.
With the obvious escalation of divorce actions, it is apparent that the couple is gearing up for a high-profile courtroom showdown when it comes to the interest of their daughter and her future. Unfortunately, they aren't the first and certainly won't be the last celebrity couple to fight over the children.
Here are a few of the star couples who battled over the babies:
Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubrey: The Oscar winner and her former boyfriend have been battling over the custody of their daughter Nahla since 2010. The couple have gone through a series of nasty allegations and courtroom battles over the years. In June 2012, the actress was ordered to pay her ex a reported $20,000 per month in child support while they shared custody. Things heated up over the Thanksgiving holiday when Aubrey had an all-out brawl with her fiance Olivier Martinez which resulted in both men being briefly hospitalized. Dueling protective orders later kept the two men from coming into contact with one another for a brief time. Miraculously the former couple saw the light a few weeks later and came to an amicable custody arrangement for their young child.
Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger: It should come as no surprise that the hot-headed actor and his feisty former wife had some difficulty coming to terms over the custody of their then 5-year-old daughter Ireland when they decided to split in 2001. They took to the courts and battled for years until they finally decided to play nice in 2004 with a shared custody arrangement. The calm didn't last long with Baldwin publicly claiming that his former wife was trying to turn his daughter against him. He took her back to court claiming that the actress was not making their daughter available for his scheduled visits. It all came to a head in 2007 when a voicemail left by the actor to his daughter became public. In the message, he called the then 12-year-old a "rude, thoughtless little pig." Baldwin would ultimately apologize to his daughter and to this fan declaring that the stress of the situation caused him to break down.
Kelly Rutherford and Daniel Giersch: With children named Helena and Hermes you would think this couple would be living the high life, but instead the couple have spent the past three years fighting over their tots. The former "Gossip Girl" star famously left her ex while pregnant with their second child, claiming he cheated on her and even left his name off baby Helena's birth certificate. After a prolonged legal battle, a judge ruled that the kids should live in France with their father as his visa to travel to the United States had been revoked. For her part, the actress lives the life of a transatlantic parent jetsetting between New York and France for visits with the kids.
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