Degrees of separation: Dutch heartbreak hotel's weekend divorces
Sairica Rose |
3 August 2011
Breaking up is never easy to do, but the Dutch Heartbreak Hotel service offers separating couples a speedy and well-assisted divorce in 48 hours (Springwise.com, 13 July 2011).
For €2,500, the estranged couple is booked into separate 5-star hotels for a weekend, while the company handles all the paperwork. Financial consultants, lawyers and child psychologists are also provided where necessary, to help the passage to singledom run more smoothly.
When the weekend is over, the couple signs the necessary documents and the divorce is passed to the courts.
Both husband and wife must be sure of what they want for the service to be effective. Company founder Jim Halfen claims: "Both parties have to be firmly committed to the idea of divorce. If they aren't, the concept simply doesn't work" (DailyMail.co.uk, 8 July 2011).
Heartbreak Hotel offers its services in hotels throughout Holland and Belgium.
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