What if you had to pay for justice? What if you couldn't afford it? Would you be left with lawlessness, clutched in the grip of oppression? The makers of the independent documentary film Divorce Corp. seem to think so, as they charge the family court system with being "a dark corner of the judicial system where fiefdoms and tyrants still thrive..."
First-time writer and director Joseph Sorge experienced the complexities of the family law system -- observing the injustices practiced in the family courts. Through his research he discovered that divorce affects nearly 50 percent of American households and 41 percent of first-time marriages end in divorce.
In his film, Sorge provides a reminder of the chaos that comes with divorce. Here at SF Weekly we remember the broken system when it comes to abusive parents who are awarded custody of their children because of flawed methods of investigating accusations of abuse. And this docu-drama shines a light on how family court uses children as leverage for profit and how the system has become a $50 billion-a-year industry.
Celebrity Dr. Drew Pinsky narrates the film as it tours the family court system with interviews with divorce attorneys, divorce mediators, judges and litigants. The film was initially released in select theaters across the U.S. on January 10, and is currently available for special screenings, and will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray in February. The book, by the same title, is available for purchase now.
Check out the trailer and tell us what you think.
There is one thing I think we can all agree on after watching the trailer: Divorce is ugly.