Is this the greatest thing since sliced bread? My divorced friends, who all feel they paid too much for their freedom, think so.
New York Times is reporting that a Dutch entrepreneur named Jim Halfens has created a quicker, perhaps kinder, way for couples to end their marriages. Over the course of a weekend, couples check into a hotel (separate rooms) and then spend the next two days meeting with independent lawyers and mediators. They check out on Sunday, divorce papers in hand, paying a flat fee of between $3,500 and $10,000. Since most divorces cost twice that amount--and don't include room service--the process has been quite successful in the Netherlands.
So much so that Mr. Halfens is in negotiations to bring the Divorce Hotel to North America. And he may create a reality TV show around these hotels, too. Stay tuned.