Is the Divorce Industry in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Corrupt?

Is the Divorce Industry in the East Coast a Corrupt, Toxic Waste Dump of Racketeering and Usurious Legal Fees?

Apparently, a lot of people and litigants on the East Coast are fed up with the divorce industry in their neck of the woods. They have been calling for reforms not only of child custody and support laws as well as alimony and equitable distribution, but also for changes with the divorce courts themselves. People seems to think that the very divorce courts are in collusion with the divorce industry (including divorce lawyers,  divorce experts, judges and court appointed specialists) to divest litigants of their wealth in divorce cases. One guy told me recently in discussing the divorce industry “it’s a racket! It’s a toxic waste dump of racketeering and usurious legal fees!” The guy went on to tell me a horror story about a court appointed lawyer for his son and the child support nightmare he endured.

I was alarmed, to say the least. As someone who works in the divorce industry, it troubles me to think this is how people see the industry. It’s a very troubling thing.

A quick online search about the divorce industry yields headlines such as “the divorce industry is RACKETEERING” or “ugly truth of the divorce industry” or “the divorce regime is a totalitarian institution” and the last, “divorce industry is corrupt.”

Is this true? Are you of the opinion that the divorce industry is a toxic environment? Have you been burned by the divorce industry in any of the above jurisdictions? Are these over-broad generalizations and stereotypes? And is this only an East Coast issue? Or do people around the country also feel that the divorce industry is a mess?

One blogger in Connecticut who writes a blog called Divorce in Connecticut regularly posts about the shenanigans of the divorce industry in Connecticut. This is what inspired this post, in fact. And her blog often leaves me thinking “oh my god.”

What the heck is going on?

Are you someone residing in any of these three states mentioned in the title? What has been your experience with getting divorced (or even having a family dispute that involved the family court – such as child support) in New York, New Jersey and/or Connecticut? Would you describe the experience by any of the above pejoratives? Or would you say that you have full faith in the judicial and legal systems in these states?

I think we need to start a dialogue about this. Do leave your comments and tell us your impression of the divorce industry in either New York, New Jersey or Connecticut. Only those with first hand experience need comment.

Thank you.

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Author: Marion TD Lewis

Divorce Coach Marion TD Lewis is a licensed attorney in New York and Georgia. She serves as legal counsel and international correspondent for Divorce Saloon International, Inc. As Editor in Chief of Divorce Saloon, she also writes a Q&A column on general divorce topics. Marion is the original founder of Divorce Saloon which she started in 2006 as a local NYC attorney blog. Divorce Saloon has since evolved and is the world's first Divorce Newspaper with contributions from divorce professionals around the world. contact Ms Lewis at if you are seeking a divorce coach. (Please note that Ms Lewis' advice column does not constitute legal advice and that no attorney/client relationship exists without a signed retainer between the attorney and said client.)

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