She split from Jason Hoppy in 2012
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Bethenny Frankel is opening up about her split from soon-to-be ex-husband Jason Hoppy and how it’s affected the couple’s daughter.

Frankel and Hoppy, both 45, announced their split in December 2012 after three years of marriage – and Frankel says their lengthy divorce proceedings are nearing the finish line.

“I feel like I’m on the 18th hole of the golf round now. I feel like we’re here,” Frankel said when she stopped by the PEOPLE Now studio Monday.

The former couple share 5-year-old daughter Bryn.

“I feel like justice is being served. It’s being handled the way it should be. It’s gone on way too long,” said Frankel of the divorce. “I feel like I survived something. When it all shakes down, I’ll be a woman who has not kind of just felt backed into a corner. I stayed strong and I did what was best for myself, my daughter, for women.”

Frankel said that shielding her daughter from what was going on was important to her.

“I think kids need stability and to feel calm and proud of their home,” said Frankel. “She’s an amazing, amazing little girl. She’s so happy. She’s not really aware of what’s going on, which is great. I’m proud of that. It has been by far the most difficult thing I’ve ever been though.”

A court ruled last month that Frankel no longer had to pay Hoppy $12,000 a month in temporary maintenance, which is support a higher-earning spouse pays while a divorce case is pending.

Frankel returns to The Real Housewives of New York City this week, when the show premieres Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.