A friend I've had since way back in high school just got through a really nasty divorce with his wife. It kinda had me recently questioning the validity of marriage these days.
I'm sure everyone has heard this kind of story before. Guy marries girl. Husband and wife have two kids. They buy the nice 4 BR home with 2 car garage on waterfront property. Raise said kids in seemingly "happy" marriage. Wife's libido drops dramatically shortly after having the kids. Husband remains supportive, while wife becomes more and more demanding and combative. Wife starts drinking and going to bars. Starts banging some twenty-something guy behind his back.
Obtains lawyer and proceeds to ass rape her husband of more than half of his shit, including his successful commodity selling business and their house. Wife proceeds to use hubby's divorce money to buy the guy she had an affair with a new H2 for him to ride around their small town in. Guy ends up depressed, bitter, and on Prozac. Wife ends up getting $6,000 payment from hubby every month.
I hate to sound like a misogynist, but is it just me or is this kind of crap starting to become endemic to our society. It seems more and more to me that the modern husband is becoming not much more than his wife's meal ticket for her "modern lifestyle." If she loses her libido, well he better deal with it. If she wants a bigger house, he better obtain it. Bigger car "for the kids" (yeah, you need a Tahoe LTZ for two kids..), better obtain it. More shit from Macy's and QVC on the credit cards, better deal with it. Get caught f*cking a guy (ten?) on the side? Opps! "It was a mistake! Never happen again.. So, deal with it!" If not, well every lawyer in town is beating down her door to take away half your shit.
It just seems with the divorce rate hovering over 50% that it's just a financially disastrous decision without a pre-nup. And even then, you've still got the issue of the kids and what not to deal with. It just seems like a terrible idea to me.