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Bethenny Frankel still dealing with child custody issues

For parents in Ohio, deciding to file for divorce is about more than what they want. They also have to consider their children's well-being. While children generally fare quite well with parents who are divorced but happy, there can be complicating factors that make it more difficult for everyone involved. TV personality Bethenny Frankel's current child custody situation might be an example of just that.

Frankel and her ex-husband Jason Hoppy were married for two years before filing for divorce in 2012. Their divorce was not settled until 2016, and in March 2019 Frankel again returned to court to request full custody of her now 8-year-old daughter. She claims that her ex-husband is using his time with their daughter to exert continued abuse against her, including FaceTime calls when their daughter is with him.

According to Frankel, not only is she suffering ongoing abuse from her ex-spouse, but her relationship with her daughter is also suffering. This type of claim is often referred to as alienation and involves one parent trying to influence a child's opinion of their other parent, usually in a negative way. This type of action can be quite damaging to children and can lead to serious issues with the custody agreement. Parents accused of alienating their child's other parent can even face legal consequences for their actions.

Parents in Ohio should keep their children's best interests as the focal point of all child custody matters. Unfortunately, some parents use custody as a way to try and get back at their ex for slights, either real or perceived. In such situations it is important to make sure the court is aware of any attempts to interfere with a custody order or to alienate a child from one of his or her parents. This can be an overwhelming matter to deal with, so working alongside an attorney who is experienced in family law can be beneficial.

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