It’s been an interesting week since I wrote about the new Divorce Corp documentary. Several women have contacted me to criticize my “endorsement” of the movie.
Here’s my previous article about Divorce Corp. I wouldn’t exactly call it an endorsement:
This is Lovefraud’s position on the documentary:
Divorce Corp’s overwhelming message is that America’s family courts are a racket, and many court professionals are getting rich while litigants are getting their lives ruined. I agree with the overwhelming message of the film. I do not agree with some of the statements made in the film. But if the documentary starts a national debate about reforming family courts, this is worthwhile, even if people disagree with the film’s conclusions.
In several interviews, including the one above, Joe Sorge, the director of Divorce Corp, has announced that he plans to sponsor a conference on reforming America’s family courts in the spring.
I hope that he does. It could be an opportunity for people who want to see justice in family courts to come together and develop a plan to move forward.
False abuse charges
But back to the movie. There are two basic complaints about it. The first is about the documentary’s treatment of “false abuse charges.”
The narrator says, “Because there are so many incentives to lie in court, people often make up false abuse charges.”
The video shows a woman standing in court, gesturing like she is being choked, and then pointing at her husband. The narrator says, “Because false accusations are so common during a divorce, these cases are typically not turned over to criminal court.”
The implication is that women lie about domestic violence.
An unconscionable number of women are subjected to domestic violence in their marriages. It does often happen that they truthfully tell the judge that they were assaulted, and they are not believed.
But it is also true that some women lie about being abused. Lovefraud has heard from many men who say they’ve been falsely accused of domestic violence, and as a result have lost access to their children, been forced to spend thousands of dollars on legal fees, or have been thrown in jail.
Some men also lie about domestic violence. Here’s an example taken from a court document:
On more than a dozen occasions Plaintiff would become hysterically violent, strike and assault the person of the Defendant, throw objects, destroy objects of Defendant’s and cause general mayhem to Defendant’s personal property as well as his person.
That’s what my ex-husband (Defendant) said about me (Plaintiff) after I filed for divorce. I assure you, it is not true. I’ve never hit anyone in my life — I’m not sure I know how — and I’ve never thrown or destroyed objects. Yet my ex-husband’s lawyer filed this complete fabrication with the court.
The bottom line is that there are many, many cases in which Divorce Corp’s statements about false abuse charges are true. But the documentary was overly sweeping and general in making this point. They could have added a few words to the script acknowledging that many accusations of domestic violence are, in fact, true. It’s unfortunate that they did not make this point clearly.
The film advocates that American family courts should be reformed to follow the Scandinavian model. In Sweden and Iceland, when people want to divorce, they send a form to the government. They wait six months. If they do not reconcile, they are divorced.
What happens to assets? The parties keep whatever separate assets they brought into the marriage. Anything accumulated during the marriage is divided 50/50.
What happens to children? The default solution is shared parenting, with both parents getting equal access to the children.
This solution would probably make a lot of sense for many, if not most, couples divorcing in America. But it does not make sense in cases of domestic violence, child abuse or neglect, or when one party exploited the other.
Unfortunately, the Divorce Corp documentary does not mention that there are times when the Scandinavian approach is not appropriate. Joe Sorge, the director, does mention exceptions in the above interview on Speak Up — he says he advocates shared parenting except in cases of abuse or neglect. I wish he had put this statement into the film.
(Warning: In the very beginning of the Speak Up interview, the host, Kevin Avard, refers to “parental alienation,” but there is no explanation of what he means. Richard Gardner, now deceased, developed a theory of “parental alienation” that has been proven to be bogus.)
Rebecca Potter, a Lovefraud reader, watched Joe Sorge’s interview on Speak Up, and wrote the following in response:
The documentary has arrived in select theaters around the county. The website: www.divorcecorp.com will assist you to find locations where the film is being shown. It is also possible to receive the film and arrange a private showing in your area.
I have not been able to see the documentary. I was able to view the You Tube interview with producer Joseph Sorge. After listening to the interview, I desperately want to see the film. I felt as if Mr. Sorge was speaking from my heart about all the pain I have suffered in this dysfunctional and biased Family Court.
Mr. Sorge spoke about a broken system that is not a court of law, but a court of equity. A court where there is only one person (a judge or magistrate) who can arbitrarily take your children, your property, your savings and put you in jail without being held accountable or with no factual evidence.
Mr. Sorge reminds the audience that the court of equity does not guarantee American citizens their 5th and 6th Constitutional rights. This court system is a 50 billion dollar industry using families in trauma with children as pawns to obtain wealth where incestuous relationships exist between the judges and the attorneys.
Mr. Sorge mentions that the only winners in this court of equity are the litigants with enough money to buy justice and the court officials. When the money is gone, there is no justice. He explains that there is no oversight of this system and if the judge has a friendlier relationship with your spouse’s attorney, impartiality is lost. Hearsay and opinions are taken for evidence.
When children are involved, the state will receive Federal monies if one parent receives more custody than the other parent. The Federal government will reimburse the State for the revenue assigned to the parent who has lost time with the child. He explains that the revenue from the Federal Government is even greater if the parent does not pay child support. (This may be the reason child support payments are set very high for some parents.) This may also explain why it seems that some courts systems provide no consequence for nonpayment of child support.
Mr. Sorge also mentions that he is a scientist. I also am a scientist and I am appalled that these barbaric actions are allowed in a system that is supposed to represent justice. I highly recommend this film. It will enlighten and outrage you.
I have personally spoken to staff at the Department of Justice. The staff admits to having complaints “a mile high” about family court abuses. I hope this film will encourage citizens to demand professional oversight and judicial reform of the family court.
Over the next week, Divorce Corp will be in theaters in the following cities:
- Zephyrhills, Florida
- Melbourne, Florida
- Bethel, Connecticut
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- Jackson Hole, Wyoming
For more information, visit the Divorce Corp website.