Divorces are not cheap, and they’re usually a drawn out process. But, what would you think about a couple who checked into a hotel on Friday and were parting ways by Sunday? That’s what’s going on at the Divorce Hotel.
A concept by Jim Halfens, bickering spouses can check into Hotel Divorce on Friday, and with the help of mediators, tax experts, and attorneys, the couple can part ways by Sunday. Black Enterprise interviewed divorce attorney Adelola Sheralynn Dow to learn more about how this Divorce Hotel operates and what goes on over the course of that weekend.
For one, the couple won’t be officially divorced by checkout time. Rather, they will leave with a separation agreement or a pre-divorce filing settlement negotiation. This will give the couple an overview of what their divorce will look like when it’s actually final, so you can leave separated, but not quite divorced yet. This is because although you have experts and attorneys on site, there’s no judge present to grant you your divorce.
This quicky arrangement doesn’t come cheap either. It cost between $3,500 and $10,000 depending on how much is at stake to be divided in the divorce. For couples who have a more complicated situation, that includes property, accounts, and children, this may not be the solution for them. Things like child support, visitation, and other things that may take longer to agree on should be handled the traditional route, as it could take longer than one weekend to figure things out and agree on an arrangement.
For now, Hotel Divorce has 20 locations, but they’re all in the Netherlands. What are your thoughts on the concept? If this was widely available would more people try to get divorced? Would this make people take marriage less seriously, if they could get out of it so quickly?