Divorce Hotel: Netherlands’ New Way For Married Couples To Break Up | Strange News | Sky News
In the Netherlands a weekend break can become a weekend break-up for couples hoping for a swift and cheap divorce.
They meet a mediator and series of lawyers behind closed doors who will split assets, agree alimony payments and arrange visitation rights – all for a fixed fee.
It is the brainchild of entrepreneur Jim Halfens, who said he spotted a gap in the market in a country where the average divorce can easily run into five figures and take months to complete.
“The only thing that happens then in Dutch law is that they have to show the agreement to a judge in the Netherlands and that takes a couple of weeks.
“They walk divorced out of this door and to make it official takes a couple of weeks.”
Sales manager Ninke Bons explains that the couples, who often check in together, but mostly choose to stay in separate rooms, are handled with care by the staff.
“We treat them as any other guests, we just try to keep a closer eye on them or make sure they are not wandering around by themselves,” she says.
“Just as an example – we would normally enquire if a guest enjoyed their stay at the hotel. Well, obviously that’s not very appropriate in the case of the Divorce Hotel.”
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