Nothing about this story will surprise anyone. Nothing about it will even be controversial.
Divorce brings out the worst in people. It makes them do things that no rational, sane adult would even consider doing.
It’s as though divorce shuts down one’s moral sense, to the point where the will to inflict pain on another person, the will to punish, supersedes any and all sense of how this might look to other people.
The Huffington Post has collected a few examples.
Here are a few, mostly recounted by divorce lawyers:
I had a couple arguing for three hours over who got the kids on Christmas day, only to discover at the end that they were both Jewish.
I had a case where the estranged wife was calling my client's employer repeatedly, accusing him of theft and other white-collar crimes, [in an attempt] to get my client fired. The thing is, the children were with her, and she was also demanding child support. Which is based on his income. For the job from which she was trying to get him fired. (Fortunately, the employer was onto her BS and my client wasn't let go.)
I dated a divorce lawyer and my favorite story from his work was the man who was super pissed that the division of assets was 50/50 and that his wife's lawyer had a forensic accountant who found his multiple offshore money stashes. In retaliation, he demanded half the dog. Not joint custody. Half of the dog, who was his wife's much beloved, very spoiled little buddy. He burned through thousands of dollars of legal fees just to make her cry, by demanding that the dog be put to sleep and its ashes split, 50/50.