So much for amicable. In fact, so much for Frankel!
Bethenny Frankel and soon-to-be ex-husband Jason Hoppy could be headed for a trial to decide their ongoing divorce case—a possibility they apparently tried to keep on the down-low by refiling their case as Anonymous vs. Anonymous, E! News has exclusively learned.
Frankel and Hoppy have had their names expunged from the New York Supreme Court system, which would have required a judge to sign off on their motion to refile their petition under pseudonyms.
"This is very unusual," New York family law expert Bettina Hindin, who is not involved in Frankel's case, tells E! News.
"The law is clear—simply being a celebrity is not enough to get an anonymous caption in New York. I have represented titans of industry, hedge-fund billionaires, politicians, celebrities and socialites—people with much more notoriety than Bethenny Frankel and more money than they could spend in two lifetimes of hedonistic indulgences—and those people did not warrant ‘Anonymous' captions."
Hindin, a partner at Raoul Felder, says that the court would only grant such a request in rare cases, considering usually it is the health and welfare of the parties involved that merit protecting ahead of their privacy.
At Frankel and Hoppy's most recent hearing, on April 19, they were given three weeks to work out a custody agreement regarding their nearly 3-year-old daughter, Bryn, on their own.
Public records show that their next court date is now scheduled for June 20 and an Oct. 31 date is on the books to inform the court whether their case is ready for trial.
When she and Hoppy first revealed that they had separated back in December, Frankel said in a statement that they continued to have "love and respect for one another and will continue to amicably co-parent our daughter who is and will always remain our first priority."
A disappointed-sounding Frankel told People this week: "I really did think it would be amicable. I absolutely did. I wrote that entire statement myself. And every single word, I believed to be true."