A man who blamed greed for ruining his marriage has acted out the ultimate revenge on his estranged wife. After selling their house for $395,000 he gave every cent to charities, a court has been told.... The man told the Federal Magistrates' Court, sitting in Victoria, that he bought hundreds of envelopes and posted $395,000 in donations. He said he was now jobless, with $2000 in the bank, a $1000 car, and land worth $10,000. Magistrate Norah Hartnett concluded the man had taken the drastic action to deprive his wife of any money after 20 years of marriage.I expect to see more and more men utilizing this tactic as the economy worsens. After all, if you are going to be asset-stripped anyhow, why not give the money to those who might actually do something positive with it? And perhaps if more divorce-prone women realized that this was a legitimate possibility and that there is no post-marital gravy train awaiting them, they might be a little less keen about ending their marriages.
While I'm a little dubious that a woman who is willing to asset-strip her husband is worth keeping anyhow, the fact is that it is always foolish to offer a financial incentive for women to file for divorce as is presently the case in most Western nations.