From the comments on the Fark thread where I got that child support story:
Marriage in the USA is slowly legislating itself out of existence. There's little to nothing that a man gains from marriage that he cannot have outside of marriage. And people wonder why marriage rates have been plummeting for the past few decades and continue to do so.The rest goes downhill, but what I quoted was I think, spot on. Growing up, I thought of rule of marriage was what my parents had: a strong stable long-lasting relationship that was the foundation of a family. I don't see it that way now. If I see examples like that today, I think they're very lucky, and the exception to the rule. Damn that's depressing.
Since a woman can choose at any time for any reason to end the marriage, and take 1/2 of the cars, houses, and other assets that you worked your whole life to acquire, AS WELL AS 30% of your paycheck each month for the rest of your life, and divorce happens 55-60% of the time, what incentive (for a man) exists to continue the fraudulent act of marriage?
Add to that the large drop in sex after marriage...