The only way I can see such a thing happening is if the wife empties out the joint accounts before everything is split up. Simply high maintenance payments won't generally ruin men. It may look like it at first, because some of the bigger assets, like houses, might need to be liquidated in order to be split fairly (that's where any cases of declaring bankruptcy come in). However, the particular stage needn't last very long. The biggest asset of most men is their career, which gets consistently undervalued in the settlement, despite generally flourishing afterwards.
Hm, that makes sense. At least when things are done legally. I know my uncle got robbed out of a lot of his things, but that's because he literally got robbed by his ex-wife *winces*
I will say that while the career is definitely important, I still can't imagine it being very enjoyable to see a lot of what you worked for up to that point get taken away. It's just material things, after all, but humans have this odd tendency to get attached even to trivial looking things like a tv.
Generally, this 'bloody gold-digger will fleece you when she leaves' looks like an urban legend perpetuated by MGOTOWs.
It's older than MGTOWs though, but I'm sure bringing this up is usually high on the bullet point lists of many of them.
I will have to try and find the article I was reading over in regard to this topic. The summation though is that the loss of assets is quite small and does little damage to the overall lifestyle and income factors.
What you lost, you can buy again *nods*
. Of course, if a divorce ends up such a mess, I think it'll sting more than just one's wallet.