We don't know what he DID for work in Corporate America but he's only been out of it for what, 2 years? That's NOT that long.. he's only 45, not that old for a man in Corporate America (my 1st husband is almost 63 and he's got companies seeking him out BECAUSE he is older and more mature).
He made a choice to leave whatever career he had, to start another career, that technically, he didn't start, b/c of injuries that were just there.. not because he MADE the career change.
I agree that a judge would tell him to go back and use his original marketable skills to find a job to support himself.
Barring that.. what about his rights to their joint marital assets? If they make $200K on just HER salary.. and for 14 years they had BOTH their salaries (which I am assuming, cuz I don't know many women who leave the job world to say, raise children for years and go back and make $200K out of the gate). Anyway, I've gotta assume this couple has a) real property and b) 401Ks, savings accounts, stocks and bonds etc...
So, if that assumption is correct.. and he DOES have marketable skills and just needs to go find a job in that field again, perhaps consulting part-time (which, frankly, could easily make him AS much money as he was making in the corporate world as he was full-time, but again, we don't know his original skillset)... why wouldn't his portion of the marital assets be enough to help him get on his feet?
I also find it ironic that you find it distasteful to take disability money (money, by the way, that YOU paid in to to begin with, so you're really only getting back what you and an ex-employer that you obviously didn't like paid into).. money, by the way, which is tax free and comes with free medical.. but you'd take money from your wife monthly to support you. Money, by the way, which WOULD be taxable to you and a tax DEDUCTION for her. At $2,500 a month from her, after taxes.. you'd probably end up with the same money you would get tax-free from permanent disability.