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Dutch entrepreneur wants 'divorce hotels' in America

Most residents in Phoenix, Arizona are aware of the state of marriage in the U.S. and how divorce rates have reached all-time highs in the country. Most have also heard the seemingly absurd celebrity stories -- from Kim Kardashian to Katy Perry -- that further the stigma of marriage and divorce as a joke.

Well, this isn't going to help much.

A man from the Netherlands is attempting to bring "divorce hotels" to the U.S. in the near future. A "divorce hotel" affords a couple that is thinking about the split the opportunity to stay at the hotel and go through with a legal divorce. The couple would pay a flat fee that ranges from $3,500 to $10,000 and would have their entire experience recorded by cameras. Why? So that the footage could be utilized for a future reality TV show that has intrigued some production companies.

Quite a few divorce professionals are worried about the concept of a "divorce hotel" -- not that it will forever change the landscape of divorce or take away potential customer. It is possible that it might do just that.

No, the real concern is for the divorcing couple. Going through a divorce is not a simple process that can be looked at with a cursory glance. There are complicated issues at play (from children, to property and assets, to the emotional toll the experience can take on the divorcees) that are unlikely to be fully completed by a two-day stay at a hotel. It takes time and thoughtful work to complete a divorce, and a splitting couple needs experienced and serious legal representation to make that happen.

Source: Gothamist, "Does New York Need A Divorce Hotel?," Christopher Robbins, May 28, 2012

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