A May 27th, 2012 article in the New York Times reported that half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. According to the National Center for State Courts, 1.2 million people in the US filed for divorce in 2009.
Dutch â€˜Divorce Hotelâ€™
Jim Halfens runs â€œDivorce Hotelâ€ at six hotels in the Netherlands. Couples come for the weekend to settle on divorce papers. The couple stays in separate rooms, but suites are used for mediation. Divorces can be emotional for some and also complicated for others: couples with many assets and properties might not be able to figure out a divorce in just a weekend, according to divorce and separation industry experts. That is why Halfens only accepts one-third of the applicants.
Coming to an American hotel near you?
Halfens would like to bring Divorce Hotel to the US and has already talked to hotels in cities like New York and Los Angeles. He is also planning to release a book next year and has even talked to hotels in Britain, Italy and Germany.
Even if this plan sounds unrealistic to you, it might just be the next reality TV show you watch! Halfens has talked with networks about following select couples as they go through Divorce Hotel. This seems rather invasive.
It is always worth consulting a lawyer regarding your options in a divorce. You can set up a free initial consultation with Jayson Lutzky. He is an experienced lawyer at the law offices of Jayson Lutzky, P.C, having practiced family and matrimonial law for over 29 years. Call (800) 660-5299 now or visit us at www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com.