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NYC reality star affirms importance of fathers' rights

Reality TV stars' divorces tend not to be known for their calmness and cooperation. However, the recently-announced split between former Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel and her husband Jason Hoppy has impressed fans with its quiet focus on their young daughter.

Frankel, who became a breakout star with her own spin-off Bethenny Ever After, has stated publicly that she and Hoppy plan to be amicable co-parents when it comes to their two-year-old child. Frankel's affirmation of fathers' rights in her own divorce case reflects the strength to move beyond the issues she calls "heartbreaking."

Frankel and Hoppy wed in 2010. The pair announced their separation just before Christmas, a time when family law issues are already weighed-down by holiday stress.

According to Frankel, she and Hoppy each had a different approach to relationships. She valued speaking her mind in order to better explore her feelings, while also prioritizing work and her business empire. Her husband, on the other hand, sought more of a work-life balance in their life together.

As Frankel's candid description of her marriage shows, sometimes parents just don't have enough in common to make their union last forever. When that happens and divorce results, custody issues are usually the first bones of contention between two formerly-agreeable partners.

However, in a statement she issued December 23, Frankel emphasized that the pair's decision to split was truly best for the entire family unit. Even on her Twitter page, Frankel noted that despite her sadness, the split would be worked-through as a family.

Such an outlook can do much to quell future disputes, as it is the same philosophy shared by quality family law attorneys. Unfortunately, not all mothers and fathers echo this cooperation in their own breakups, and the best interest of the child can be overlooked by those hoping to limit fathers' rights.

Source: Parade, "Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy separate: what went wrong." Dec. 26, 2012.

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