Even the most amicable of divorces can get complicated in court, so it's hardly surprising that messy divorces often fan out into in long-winded and absurd scenarios.
While legal costs are high, it's hard to put a price on the satisfaction of watching your ex grovel for their favorite piece of furniture, and winning is more important to some divorcees than the actual value of the prize.
Obviously, it's more emotionally healthy to get on with proceedings without getting needlessly petty, but stories of ridiculous behavior tend to be more memorable than mature, cut-and-dry situations.
Took the couple two hours to decide who would get the groceries left in the fridge. Estimated value of the groceries was around $40. Two hours of my time, opposing counsel time, and mediator time added up to about $1,000. It all came down to a Costco/Sam's Club sized jar of peanut butter. (Who keeps peanut butter in the fridge?!)