'Law & Order' creator Dick Wolf and wife Noelle announce split

Dick Wolf, whose name is nearly synonymous with that of his long-running show "Law & Order," is heading for divorce for the third time.

The Emmy-winning producer, 72, has filed for a legal separation from Noelle Lippman, his wife of 12 years. The couple shares two children ages 8 and 11.

Lippman has also filed asking for a legal separation.

Wolf also has three children from his 20-year marriage to Christine Marburg, to whom he was wed from 1983 to 2005. It took 12 years to finalize their divorce. According to court documents, Wolf, described as a largely absentee father, refused to attend a 20th birthday party for one of their kids unless Marburg signed the dotted line. She later learned his financial advisors withheld key information about "Law & Order," which was valued at $1.6 billion.

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Dick Wolf and Noelle Lippman through the years
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Dick Wolf and Noelle Lippman through the years
Dick Wolf and Noelle Lippman during NYC and Company Honors Leaders in Tourism at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Robin Platzer/FilmMagic)
Dick Wolf and wife Noelle during Dick Wolf Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for His Achievements in Television at Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by M. Phillips/WireImage)
DICK WOLF HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME INDUCTION -- Pictured: (l-r) Creator/Producer of 'Law & Order,' 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unti' and 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' Dick Wolf with his wife, actress Noelle Lippman at the luncheon honoring Dick Wolf with a star on Hollywood Boulevard's fabled Walk of Fame on March 29, 2007 (Photo by Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Dick Wolf; Noelle Lippman arrive at the Lili Claire Foundation 10th annual benefit dinner and auction held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on October 13, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
MONTE CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 12: Producer Dick Wolf with his Honorary Golden Nymph award and wife Noelle at the Golden Nymph awards ceremony during the 2008 Monte Carlo Television Festival held at Grimaldi Forum on June 12, 2008 in Monte Carlo, Principality of Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 15: Producer Dick Wolf and wife Noelle attend the 2008 Princess Grace Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on October 15, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: *** EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE *** Creator /Producer and honoree Dick Wolf and wife Noelle attend the 7th Directors Guild of America Honors at the DGA Theater on October 16, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: *** EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE *** Creator /Producer and honoree Dick Wolf and wife Noelle attend the 7th Directors Guild of America Honors at the DGA Theater on October 16, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Honoree Dick Wolf (R) and wife Noelle Wolf (L) arrive at the 27th Annual Casting Society of America Artios Awards held at the Beverly Hilton on September 26, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Getty Images)
NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- NBCUniversal Pre-Emmy Party -- Pictured: (l-r) Dick Wolf, Noelle Lippman at Boa Steakhouse on Saturday, September 22, 2012 -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 02: Noelle Lippman and Dick Wolf attend NBC's 'Chicago Fire' premiere at the Chicago History Museum on October 2, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 07: (L-R) Noelle Wolf and Dick Wolf attend The Alliance For Children's Rights 21st Annual Dinner held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 7, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Writer/creator Dick Wolf and actress Noelle Lippman attend The Joyful Heart Foundation Presents: JoyROCKS to celebrate the NO MORE PSA Launch at Milk Studios on September 26, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Joyful Heart Foundation)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 07: Producer Dick Wolf and wife Noelle Lippman arrive to The Alliance for Children's Rights 22nd Annual Dinner at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 7, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 08: Gala Co-Chairs Dick Wolf (L) and Noelle Wolf attend the 2014 Princess Grace Awards Gala presented by Christian Dior Couture held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 8, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: (L-R) Noelle Wolf and Dick Wolf attend the 2nd Annual Paleyfest New York Presents; Law & Order: SVU' at Paley Center For Media on October 13, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images)
SANTA BARBARA, CA - OCTOBER 15: Dick Wolf and wife Noelle Wolf during the ground breaking ceremony for the Moxi Santa Barbara Museum of Exploration & Innovation on October 15, 2014 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Noelle & Dick Wolf)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 14: Executive producer Dick Wolf (L) and Noelle Wolf attend the The Hollywood Radio and Television Society's 'Building A Kingdom, Then And Now' - A Conversation With Dick Wolf and Chuck Lorre event at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 14, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 25: Dick Wolf (L) and Noelle Wolf arrive to the 2017 Princess Grace Awards Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 25, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- '33rd Annual PaleyFest: An Evening with Dick Wolf' -- Pictured: (l-r) Noelle Wolf, Dick Wolf at PaleyFest LA 2016, presented by The Paley Center for Media, at the Dolby Theatre on March 19, 2016 in Hollywood, California -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Wolf and Lippman wed in 2006, a decade before his settlement with Marburg was completed.

Prior to Marburg, Wolf was married to Susan Scranton from 1970 to 1983.

Even amid personal turmoil, Wolf likely won't have time to wallow. He told the Chicago Tribune in 2018 that the idea of retirement and leisurely enjoying his fortune just doesn't appeal to him: ""Yeah, that sounds pretty boring."

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Mariska Hargitay on 'Law & Order: SVU' through the years
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Mariska Hargitay on 'Law & Order: SVU' through the years
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- Season 1 -- Pictured: Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- Season 3 -- Pictured: Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson (Photo by Craig Blankenhorn/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- Season 3 -- Pictured: Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson (Photo by Craig Blankenhorn/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAW & ORDER: Special Victims Unit -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler, Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Dean Winters as Detective Brian Cassidy, Dann Florek as Captain Donald Cragen, Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson, Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler, Michelle Hurd as Detective Monique Jefferies, Richard Belzer as Detective John Munch -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Disrobed' Episode 13 -- Air Date 02/04/2000 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson, Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler -- Photo by: Craig Blankenhorn/NBCU Photo Bank
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Payback' Episode 1 -- Air Date 09/20/1999 -- Pictured: Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson (Photo by Jessica Burstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Dolls' Episode 7 -- Pictured: Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson (Photo by Eric Liebowitz/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Weak' Episode 9 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson, Mary Stuart Masterson as Doctor Rebecca Hendrix, Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler (Photo by Will Hart/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- Season 6 -- Pictured: Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Burned' Episode 11 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mariska Hargitay as Det. Olivia Benson, Christopher Meloni as Det. Elliot Stabler (Photo by Will Hart/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Philadelphia' Episode 16 -- Pictured: Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson (Photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Annihilated' Episode 20 -- Pictured: (l-r) Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler, Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson (Photo by Will Hart/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Harm' Episode 905 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson, Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler -- Photo by: Eric Liebowitz/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT-- 'Authority' Episode 90017 -- Airdate 04/29/2008 -- Pictured: Mariska Hargitay as Det. Olivia Benson -- NBC Photo: Virginia Sherwood
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Unstable' Episode 1021 -- Air Date 09/23/2009 -- Pictured: (l-r) Christine Lahti as ADA Sonya Paxton, Mariska Hargitay as Det. Olivia Benson -- Photo by: Will Hart/NBCU Photo Bank
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Possessed' Episode 1213 -- Pictured: (l-r) Christopher Meloni as Det. Elliot Stabler, Mariska Hargitay as Det. Olivia Benson (Photo by Will Hart/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Blinded' Episode 907 -- Pictured: Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson -- Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Justice Denied' Episode 1318 -- Pictured: Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson -- (Photo by: Eric Liebowitz/NBC)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Father Dearest' Episode 1321 -- Pictured: (l-r) Danny Pino as Detective Nick Amaro, James Van Der Beek as Sean Albers, Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson -- (Photo by: Eric Liebowitz/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Beautiful Frame' Episode 1410 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson, Raul Esparza as ADA Rafael Barba -- (Photo by: Michael Parmelee/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Criminal Stories' Episode 1518 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mariska Hargitay as Sgt. Olivia Benson, Alec Baldwin as Jimmy MacArthur -- (Photo by: Michael Parmelee/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Forgiving Rollins' Episode 1611 -- Pictured: Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson -- (Photo by: Michael Parmelee/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Spousal Privilege' Episode 1608 -- Pictured: Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson -- (Photo by: Michael Parmelee/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Intersecting Lives' Episode 1722 -- Pictured: (l-r) Peter Scanavino as Dominick 'Sonny' Carisi, Mariska Hargitay as Lieutenant Olivia Benson -- (Photo by: Michael Parmelee/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Heartfelt Passages' Episode 1723 -- Pictured: (l-r) Brad Garrett as C.O. Gary Munson, Mariska Hargitay as Lieutenant Olivia Benson, Andy Karl as Sergeant Mike Dodds, Karina Logue as Lisa Munson -- (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Sunk Cost Fallacy' Episode 1919 -- Pictured: Mariska Hargitay as Lieutenant Olivia Benson -- (Photo by:Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Mama' Episode 1922 -- Pictured: Mariska Hargitay as Lieutenant Olivia Benson -- (Photo by: Virgina Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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