More money passes through family law courts than all the other courts combined. Corrupt judges have unchecked power over your personal finances and your childrens’ lives. The lawyers are likely contributing to the judge’s re-election campaign.
These are the disturbing claims that two groups working to change America's family court system agree upon. But they haven’t joined forces because the groups — domestic violence victim advocates and men’s rights activists — are often at odds with each other.
“The rub is whether a parent accused of abuse is really a good parent being falsely accused,” said Joseph Sorge, who has organized an unprecedented November 15-16 conference in Virginia that brings members of both groups together. “I recognize there are bad people and molesters. These are issues that have to be dealt with.”
Sorge wrote and directed a new documentary, Divorce Corp, that takes on the $50 billion a year divorce industry and advocates for shared parenting to be the default position of the courts.
But in a world where fathers produce much of the child porn confiscated by authorities, domestic violence advocates fear an assumption of equal custody for children as a danger.
Sorge, a 60-year-old Harvard educated doctor who built and sold a biotech company, got the idea for the film after the unhappy experience of his own divorce, which he describes as mild compared to the stories told in Divorce Corp. He acknowledges that the film does not delve deeply into the issue of how the courts handle abuse.
“You only have 90 minutes and you have to pick your focus,” said Sorge. “The film shows how the system is about making money off the people who come to the courts. The children are in the middle of the money-making machine. The problem is that the machine does not care about the outcome for the children, just that it can fuel and feed off of conflict.”