We are not academics or attorneys, nor are we affiliated with a gender-based organization, religious group, or government entity. What we learned comes from the mouths of divorce attorneys, divorce mediators, judges, and litigants. We have interviewed top practitioners, we have examined the most influential cases and we have spoken to many of those who have tried, often at unthinkable harm to themselves and their families, to speak out and somehow make a difference.
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. We hope that our movie and book do just that and point the way to a better path.
Dr. Drew Pinsky is the host of “Dr.Drew” on HLN. His nightly series explores the fundamental question ‘why we do what we do?’ establishing a connection between people whose actions are at the core of the news conversation and the real lives of HLN viewers. 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. He is also the host of the nationally syndicated radio show LOVELINE where he has been taking calls from listeners since 1984. The Dr. Drew Show, which Pinsky hosts is the #1 health podcast on iTunes.
Pinsky appeared in, CELEBRITY REHAB with DR. DREW and SOBER HOUSE on VH1, which chronicles the struggle for sobriety and the cycle of addictive disorders. The new version of his hit VH1 show, REHAB with DR. DREW, looks at non-celebrities struggling with addiction.
Pinsky is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America (Harper-Collins) and Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again (Harper-Collins). Dr. Drew co-authored the first academic study on celebrities and narcissism. The study was published in the Journal of Research in Personality (Elsevier) and received worldwide press coverage.
Pinsky received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College and his M.D. from the University of Southern California, School of Medicine, and he remained at USC for his residency. Pinsky then became chief resident at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the California Medical Association, the American Society of Internal Medicine and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
Joseph is a first time writer/director who became interested in the subject of divorce after experiencing firsthand the complexities of the family law system. Although his personal experience was less devastating than that of the film’s victims, he spent countless days in family court witnessing the callous, inefficient, and biased manner in which the court, and its associated professionals, treated average citizens. 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, which he took public and later sold to a large medical supply company.
President and Principal Producer at Candor Entertainment, Philip Sternberg was moved by the premise and committed to exposing the realities of divorce through Divorce Corp. This is Sternberg’s first feature length documentary. He has worked in unscripted production and development for the last seven years. His work includes multiple television series for a range of networks (OWN, VH1, TLC, SPIKE, Discovery, HDNet and AXS) from a gritty docu-series exposing the underbelly of low income housing (The Super, 2011, 2012) to a family docu-soap about the struggles and joys of raising sextuplets (Six Little McGhees, 2012, 2013). A graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Philip developed his distinct voice for storytelling while studying the intricacies of acting, writing and directing.
Over the past decade, James D. Scurlock 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). He attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a resident of California. Scurlock is currently adapting his first documentary, Parents of the Year, winner of the 2004 Los Angeles Film Festival Audience Award, into a feature film for release in 2014.
More money flows through the family courts, and into the hands of courthouse insiders, than in all other court systems in America combined – over $50 billion a year and growing. Through extensive research and interviews with the nation’s top divorce lawyers, mediators, judges, politicians, litigants and journalists, DIVORCE CORP. uncovers how children are torn from their homes, unlicensed custody evaluators extort money, and abusive judges play god with people’s lives while enriching their friends. This explosive documentary reveals the family courts as unregulated, extra-constitutional fiefdoms. Rather than assist victims of domestic crimes, these courts often precipitate them. And rather than help parents and children move on, as they are mandated to do, these courts – and their associates – drag cases out for years, sometimes decades, ultimately resulting in a rash of social ills, including home foreclosure, bankruptcy, suicide and violence. Solutions to the crisis are sought out in countries where divorce is handled in a more holistic manner.
If you have watched the electrifying documentary film, Divorce Corp, then you know about the excesses and injustices rampant in the U.S. family court system. Do not miss the riveting book that offers a spotless condemnation of family courts across America. In interviews with top insiders and an array of litigants, a place aptly termed the last fiefdom of lawlessness and tyranny, is uncovered. US family courts make the psychological trauma inherent in divorce far worse and frequently extend the emotional upheaval into the realm of bankruptcy and sometimes even jail. Pre-order the book now! Soon to be released in hard copy, E-book and audio book! .