Check in Married, Check out Divorced
Some new hotel chains could be making their way from Europe to the U.S. that may change how divorces are done.
It’s a type of hotel you can stay at when your marriage disintegrates, where you can meet with lawyers and notaries to make things official.
A Dutch businessman Jim Halfens is trying to pioneer a business that lets couples undo their marriages just as easily. Halfens wants to establish a "Divorce Hotel" that will facilitate splits for the 50 percent of American couples who call it quits, along with plans for an accompanying reality television sho.
How does the Divorce Hotel work?
It's pretty simple. On a Friday, a couple — which already have plans to split — check into a designated luxury hotel. On Monday, after meeting with lawyers, mediators, notaries, and psychologists all weekend, the pair walks away amicably, with divorce papers signed, for one flat fee.
How much does it cost?
A weekend will set couples back between $2,500 and $10,000. While $10,000 might seem like a lot for a weekend getaway in which fun isn't exactly on the agenda, it might be a deal considering the legal costs for messy divorces — anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000, or more if children are involved — that can take months or years to complete.
So far 17 couple have used the “Divorce Hotel” in Holland. Out of the 17 couples, all but one successfully ended their marriage over the weekend.