The lives of three very different women – Viola Davis, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Hayden Panettiere – converge in a New York family court.

Davis plays the firm but fair judge, an empty nester reeling from an unexpected bombshell in her marriage.

Moreno is a struggling single mother with anger management issues, who faces losing her children after a domestic accident.

Panettiere is her callow young lawyer, a trust-fund kid with family problems of her own.

Will the law prove too rigid to provide a happy outcome? It’s all wildly contrived and soapy, but the classy and committed cast make it work.