December 31, 2013
Divorce Corp. (view trailor), the groundbreaking expose of the US Family Law System, premieres in theaters on January 10, 2014. It is possibly the documentary about your struggles that you have wanted to share with family and friends. Dr. Drew Pinsky, the host of “Dr. Drew” on HLN, narrates with interviews with fifty-four family law experts and people who share their stories.
The documentary opens in fifteen cities in: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Washington. If you live in or near one of the cities Divorce Corp. premieres, you can help shine a bright light on the appalling waste seen daily in family courts by seeing and promoting the movie. National Parents Organization recommends all members print and wear our label when you go to Divorce Corp. Print on stock, too, and hand out to promote National Parents Organization.
Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Chair believes, "This film has the potential to accelerate the family court reform movement. This is an opportunity for people of good faith to unite to save our children from the ravages of a morally corrupt system.We need to rally around this opportunity to tell the story so many of us know all too well.
"Divorce Corp is the most powerful cinematic indictment of the family courts yet produced. It is especially strong in tracing how high attorney fees, custody evaluation fees and other fees corrupt the original intent of the family courts. If you ever wanted a lesson in how the family courts create a winner-take-all siege mentality among divorcing parents, here it is.
"This documentary details how the family courts stomp on constitutional rights, bankrupt families, foment conflict, incite false accusations, enrich attorneys, evade accountability, jail innocent people, and create violence and hatred among people who might otherwise have settled their affairs quickly and peaceably.
"One of the best things about this film is that it doesn't just criticize, it presents an alternative -- a living, functioning alternative, as currently practiced in Scandinavian countries, with shared parenting and without profiteering. It shows a win-win-win for mothers, fathers, and children."
According to the director and producers, “For roughly 50% of American families divorce is an unpleasant fact of life. Dealing with divorce and its effects destroys lives and bankrupts individuals every day. Family law, which barely existed for most of our country’s history, has morphed into a gigantic industry over the past several decades. These facts peaked our interest, but when we began making our documentary film in 2011 we had no idea we were about to uncover the last vestige of lawlessness in America. Family courts are a dark corner of the judicial system where fiefdoms and tyrants still thrive, where the supreme law of the land is routinely ignored, where children are taken hostage for profit, and where lives are destroyed as a matter of course. We knew we had to shine a light on these injustices.”
“In the wake of the recession and foreclosure crisis, millions of families quietly suffered bankruptcy and financial reversals not because of bad loans, Wall Street, or big spending, but because they simply ended their marriages. Divorce Corp, the book, shines light on the quiet but deep financial pain that divorce creates for families, and reveals how poorly the family law system works to untangle these financial arrangements.” Katherine Porter, Professor of Law, University of California Irvine.
Director Joseph Sorge is a first time writer/director who became interested in the subject of divorce after experiencing firsthand the complexities of the family law system. Before he began writing and filmmaking, Joseph earned a B.S. degree from M.I.T., and an M.D degree from Harvard, was a professor of molecular biology at The Scripps Research Institute, and founded a biotechnology company, Stratagene.
Producer Philip Sternberg is happily married, but was moved to action after hearing so many firsthand accounts of the blatant collusion and corruption committed by family law professionals. Divorce Corp is Sternberg’s first feature length documentary. He is currently the principal producer at Candor Entertainment. Producer James D. Scurlock, over the past decade, has created several documentaries and written two non-fiction books on subjects ranging from America’s predatory financial industry (Maxed Out, 2007) to the life of an eccentric billionaire with a taste for island tax havens and very young women (King Larry, 2011).
Dr. Drew joined HLN in December 2010. Dr. Drew Pinsky is a practicing physician, board certified in internal medicine and addiction medicine, and a member of the staff at Huntington Memorial Hospital. Pinsky is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Keck USC School of Medicine.
Professor Porter specializes in commercial and consumer law, including bankruptcy, mortgage foreclosure, and credit cards. Her research focusses on empirical studies of consumer bankruptcy and has been published in journals including the Texas Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, and the Cornell Law Review.
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