“I think death would be easier than divorce,” begins the trailer for “Divorce Corps” — a new documentary that aims to expose the inner workings of the multi-billion-dollar divorce industry.
Directed by Joseph Sorge, the film “shines a bright light on the appalling waste and shameless, collusive practices seen daily in family courts … that anyone considering marriage or divorce must see,” according to the documentary’s website.
The film will be released in select theaters on January 10th. Check out the trailer above, and click here to find a theater near you.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
The Divorce Cash Cow …
Litigation on the low end is $35,000 (per person) with a lawyer … did you know that this number represents a down payment on a house! A HOUSE! Now I don’t know about you but I think I will be enjoying the house a lot longer than the company of my lawyer (although at the current rate of processing within the legal system I could be completely wrong here).
Now I must ask … if the only issues to be decided in a routine divorce are: property (if there is any), child custody/support (if there are any), division of assets (if there are any), and the actual divorce (if you are legally married by ceremony)… Why is divorce 76% more expensive than getting married? And why does it take so long to finalize … well I think the answer lies in the $50 billion dollar question!
The answer … you need to be focused in your approach, or your lawyer will happily enjoy your “unfocused” approach and with their new summer home/car/boat/vacation that they will be getting with your dollars.
A great place to start finding focus in the chaos is with LifeAction … check them out on their blog (its pretty fresh but I hear good things are available and coming soon!)… so I say milk that cash cow in your favour!
The Divorce Industry – Who They Are And Why It’s Important
So what is the “Divorce Industry”? The divorce industry are all those who work (and often profit from) divorce.
Make no mistake. The divorce industry is a business. In fact, it’s a multi-billion dollar business. Just like any other billion dollar business; oil, drugs, medical insurance, etc. the divorce industry too has it’s deep problems.
Greed, corruption, abuse of power, incompetence, and apathy are all too common.
The list of players in the divorce industry includes:
• Attorney’s: These folks guide you through the litigation process. They represent your interests to all others in the divorce industry (in theory).
• Mediators: Unlike the attorneys, these folks don’t represent either party. They work with both parties to find a good and fair settlement.
• CPA: A good CPA should be your first stop in a divorce. No matter what your situation is, your income will be a factor in your divorce.
• Custody Evaluators: If you and your ex-wife can’t resolve custody, these folks will settle the matter for you…often by giving your ex-wife sole custody.
• Guardian ad Litem’s: During a dispute regarding the children, these folks will represent the interests of the children. If you engage in a custody dispute, the court will likely appoint a guardian to protect the children while you and your ex-wife duke it out in court over the next few months.
• Psychologists: Known as the mindless pawns of the divorce industry, shrinks will be manipulated by your ex-wife to testify against you.
• County Sheriff: If your soon to be ex-wife files false abuse charges against you, the county sheriff is the guy who’ll serve you with papers asking you to vacate your house and keep away from your ex-wife and kids.
• Judges: If your case can’t be settled, a judge will hear your case and render a decision. If you’re not careful, it’s possible to have your child’s entire upbringing micromanaged by judicial mandates.
• Court Clerks: If you decide to forgo and attorney yet still go the legal route, you’ll need to file motions and court documents on your own. Most family law courthouses offer some kind of “self help center” for do-it-yourselfers.
For More Information
For a complete guide on how to manage every player in the divorce industry, including how to effectively represent yourself, we suggest you take a look at Matt O’Connell’s best selling guide, “No BS Divorce Strategies for Men.”