Dr. Karin L. Smithson is a writer, speaker, therapist and columist who serves an an advisor to My Advocate Center, which works to improve the child custody dispute resolution process when people are splitting up.
"After my own divorce, I believe that the system needs reform to focus on the best interest of the family, especially the children involved," she said.
Her marriage to former Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones ended in 2000, with Jones having acknowledged extramarial affairs and fathering a child with another woman during the marriage. (He and Karin had no children together).
"As a therapist, I know the cost of divorce on individuals and families, but I also know that from personal experience," Smithson said. "I went through a very debilitating, public divorce from 1998 to 2000, which paralyzed my life for an unnecessarily long and costly amount of time. This led me to become an advocate for those also going through the difficult process, seeking a speedier and less expensive avenue to resolution and recovery."
Now happily remarried and the mother of three children, she will help lead a discussion prior to a screening of "Divorce Corp.," narrated by Dr. Drew Pinsky. Joining her will be attorney Lisa West, whose client list has included Usher's ex-wife, Tameka Raymond.
The screening is at 6:3 p.m. tonight at the LeFont Sandy Springs theater, and the discussion precedes the film.
“Divorce is a reality, but it should not bankrupt and permanently destabilize families," said Deb Beacham, executive director of My Advocate Center. "This film provides a platform for an important national dialogue that advocates around the country have wanted for years.”
Here's a clip from the movie: