The tell all book: can you stop your spouse from writing a book after the divorce?

In New York, you can have a stipulation of settlement, or even a prenuptial agreement that stops your spouse from revealing details of your marriage. And so long as either of these documents are properly drafted, signed, notarized and acknowledged, they would be fully enforceable against both parties.
The question though, is what would your spouse gain from writing that book? If you are not a celebrity, chances are not much. If you are Jennifer Lopez, however that is a whole different story. In fact last summer she received more than half a million dollars from one of her former husbands who had written an unpublished book about her and was about to get it published.
The trouble was they had a contract, a stipulation of settlement which basically said he would not write any such book that revealed details of their marriage. She had, in fact, paid him $5 million dollars. But he went right out and wrote a book anyway, breaching their agreement.
The court agreed with Jennifer and made him pay her handsomely. The court also ordered him to return all copies of the manuscript and everything having to do with the book.
If you are not a celebrity like Jennifer Lopez, it is unlikely that your spouse would receive any monetary gain from writing a book about you. But you can’t be too careful. If you are not yet married, include a clause in your prenup that basically says nobody writes about the marriage whether you get famous or not. If you are already married, you can still enter into this agreement. If you are divorced and there was no such agreement, you may be in trouble. But you can always approach your spouse and make an offer before the book comes out.
But again, if you are not newsworthy, unless there is something really bizarre and unusual about your marriage, I don’t think your spouse will bother to publicize it.