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  • Summary: 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, this documentary 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 out cases 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. Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Jan 7, 2014
    63
    Divorce Corp is a lot pointed outrage that damning as its seems, feels suspect.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Jan 10, 2014
    50
    Divorce Corp is directed and edited at roughly the same level of imagination as a network newsmagazine story: talking head, talking head, talking head, cut to a chart, exterior shot of a courthouse, cut to another chart, talking head.
  3. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Jan 9, 2014
    40
    The tone ranges from wounded to disgusted, but a movie positing this deep a rot in the system needs to be more measured and better made to take hold.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jan 14, 2014
    40
    Divorce Corp. is reasonably cogent when it comes to explaining divorce-court terminology and statistics, even if it comes up somewhat short in terms of actual facts and figures. The filmmakers are far less successful when they start dragging in outrageous examples of official misconduct.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jan 11, 2014
    40
    It relies too heavily on shock value rather than solid facts.
  6. Reviewed by: Daphne Howland
    Jan 7, 2014
    30
    Despite the film's hyper but insubstantial presentation of its information, there likely is a story here.

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