He said: "This is how absurd it is: I have paid her $16 million, I am left with about $8.5 million, out of which I have to pay her another $5 million. So she'll get something like $21 million, and I am left with $3.5 million, and we never had children. People say "why didn't you have a pre-nup?" The answer is I did have a prenup but it had no legal force in the UK and to my astonishment, I found that it didn't have legal force in the United States either."Now, obviously John Cleese has something wrong with him, as he hasn't ruled out marrying for a fourth time even after being stripped of more than four/fifths of his assets in his THIRD divorce. But it does demonstrate the complete absence of legal equality in the equalitarian system with which American men, and apparently English men as well, are now saddled.
I don't recommend marriage for any men but Christian men, and then only to a Christian woman. (Or, for that matter, between a man and woman who happen share another traditional religion with due regard for the family.) Unless a man has something besides momentary affection on his side providing an incentive to both parties to stay married, the odds are stacked unreasonably high against him. Even for Christian men and women, it is advisable to marry in a state that supports covenant marriage, such as Arizona, Arkansas, or Louisiana, since that will somewhat raise the bar for filing divorce.