​Divorce Hotel to help couples separate during 2-day stay in Netherlands

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May 31, 2012

You’ve probably heard about the new luxury divorce hotels in the Netherlands designed for unhappy couples to check-in married and check out single in a matter of three days. In fact, they have asked Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore to be their first American guests. Their packages include separate luxury accommodations and lawyers.

“They arrive on Friday, and we give them everything they need to leave Sunday with their divorce papers,” said Jim Halfens, the Dutch entrepreneur who came up with the idea. “Divorces can cost a lot of money and a lot of time. Here, it’s done in three days.”

The couples divorce package will usually cost between $2,500 and $10,000; it all depends on if there are children involved and the couple’s assets. There is a total of six hotels, in the Netherlands, to choose from for your divorce needs.

“We have everything they need: lawyers, mediators, psychologists,” said Halfens. “The marriage failed, and that’s negative. But it’s also a new start, and that’s positive. The only thing we can do is offer a better solution than fighting for years.”

Halfens already has plans to offer these hotel services in the U.S., where half of all marriage’s ends in divorce.

“People are very interested because what we’re doing is so unique,” Halfens said, explaining how divorces in the U.S. can stretch over months and even years. “At first, you’re very angry with each other but there’s one moment when you say, ‘Let’s do this in a positive way.’ That’s when you come to us and we’ll do it fast.”