In this shocking and well-researched expose, investigative journalist Karen Winner shows how women nationwide are suffering in divorce proceedings at the hands of judges and lawyers, sounding the alarm for change to a judicial system in dire need of reform.
DIVORCED FROM JUSTICE reveals how women are routinely mistreated in a number of ways as they move through divorce proceedings:
- Contrary to popular belief, 65 percent of all litigated custody trials rule in favor of the father.
- With the repeal of the “tender years law,” many children are now being taken from their mothers by the courts at very young ages.
- Many women, after divorce, lose their economic security, their homes, child support, and their children.
Backed with facts and fascinating, yet tragic, real-life stories that illustrate her finding, former policy analyst and investigative writer for the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Karen Winner demonstrates how female clients are often financially defrauded and manipulated by their attorneys — the very lawyers they pay to protect their interests. She also explains how women are subjected to “dirty tricks” by opposing lawyers and discriminated against by prejudiced judges. Most important, Winner offers invaluable advice and guidance for women as to how they can protect themselves and their children from such abuses.
At a time when more than half of all American marriages end in divorce, Karen Winner reveals the hard facts of what that really means for women in a book that is destined to cause controversy.
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 329 pages
Published by ReganBooks/HarperCollins (1996)
Praise for Divorced from Justice
“Every woman who is married or plans to be should be given a copy of this book.”
— The Nation (January 6, 1997)
“Karen Winner’s groundbreaking expose of the flagrant denials of due process and judicial abuses inflicted on women in our family courts is a clarion call for legislative action.”
— U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler
“The failure of the justice system stands naked in this shiveringly revealing book by Karen Winner.”
— Gerry Spence, author of How to Argue and Win Every Time
“Winner offers several valuable solutions ‘to shift the balance from a lawyer-centred system to a consumer-driven system.’ This book will be important reading for women contemplating divorce.”
— Publishers Weekly