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Joseph Sorge, director of the eye-opening documentary, Divorce Corp., now delivers a critical examination of the authoritarian culture underpinning the U.S. family court system and the collusive practices of its extended family of professionals. Relying on extensive research and interviews with the nation’s top divorce lawyers, mediators, judges, politicians, litigants and journalists, this exposé reveals how and why children are torn from their homes, unlicensed custody evaluators extort money, and abusive judges play god with people’s lives while enriching their friends. Paradoxically, family law has become a growth industry, transferring over $50 billion a year from families in transition to a cadre of professionals, judges, and insiders, despite declines in both the marriage and divorce rates.
Lawyers interviewed, such as Gloria Allred, say that one merely needs to “follow the money” to find the reasons why people are being hurt and who is helped by the system; and investors interviewed, such as Stacey Napp of Balanced Point Funding, reveal that some investment funds now essentially wager on the outcome of people’s divorce battles. Hulk Hogan’s ex-wife, Linda Bollea, claims that her divorce battles have worn her down to the point of quitting, yet her lawyers continue to encourage her to keep Hulk in the ring. Written in an eminently conversational tone, as a collection of stories and interviews, this book makes one thing clear: everyone believes the system is broken. In search of a better way, interviews were conducted in another part of the world where divorce and the sharing of children, post-separation, are practiced in a more healthy and holistic manner.