Best-selling novelist Elmore Leonard, whose books have been adapted into feature films such as "Get Shorty" and "3:10 to Yuma," is divorcing his wife of 18 years, Christine.
Citing a temporary restraining order filed by Christine, the Detroit News reported the writer's wife has sought to bar him from altering his life insurance policy or transferring any assets, while compelling him to continue to support her by maintaining her country club memberships, credit card expenses and paying for the upkeep of their homes in Palm Beach, Florida, and Oakland County, Michigan, where the legal paperwork was filed. There were 3,671 applications for divorce filed in Oakland County in 2009, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health.
The restraining order states there is "substantial property to be equitably divided and distributed by the court," according to the News.
Speaking to the source, the 86-year-old writer's counsel stated, "It's all pretty standard as divorces go."
The many issues to be decided regarding distribution of assets in this "standard" divorce indicates just how complicated divorce can be. Even couples whose assets are less substantial than the Leonards' can find the process stressful and confusing.