In Holland it seems that divorce can be accomplished in 3 days (with a free continental breakfast included). Afternoons consist of lounging by the pool with your divorce attorney, accountant, and soon-to-be ex-spouse. Can you pass the SPF 30 and the papers to sign?
Seriously, there is a hotel in Holland that actually offers couples the opportunity to check in for the weekend as husband and wife and check out as, well, not. It’s aptly called The Divorce Hotel and they offer couples an opportunity to get a quickie divorce just like you would get a quickie marriage in Las Vegas. The cost is about $3,500, which seems like a good price (a divorce can go on for months and cost upwards of high double digits, if not more).
“It’s a divorce in three days, roundabouts, in a hotel,” said Jim Halfens, who runs the company.
Couples thinking about going through the Divorce Hotel process have to start with a set of extensive interviews. If they decide they can settle their differences quickly, with a mediator instead of lawyers, then they choose a four or five star hotel. Over three days, the mediator and other specialists – notaries, even psychologists – are on hand to help the couple.
“If the marriage can be saved, we always tell people they are at the wrong address at the divorce hotel,” said Marie-Louise Van As, a lawyer who works as a mediator at the Divorce Hotel.
She notes that during the three-day stay there are checklists and homework that the couples have to do ahead of time. But, at the end, you can check your spouse off the list!
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