How about a free divorce on Valentine’s Day? Walter Bentley, who runs a law practice in Southfield, Michigan, is just the man to hire for couples who want an easy breakup.
“They won’t have to take out their wallet for anything. All the hearings, all the paperwork. I will pay all the fees and expenses, to the end. What they’re getting would ordinarily cost them $1,500 to $3,000,” Bentley told ABC News.
In fact, Bentley said that he was inspired to run the promotion after one of his students in a night class he teaches invited him to a party. What kind of party? Well, one that celebrated the end of her marriage.
“She’d just had her divorce finalized and she was celebrating. I’d never thought about that before – celebrating divorce,” he said. That’s when he got the idea to do something different for Valentine’s Day. This bold movie is actually a smart way to free advertising.
Nearly 500 people have applied for the free attorney and so far the feedback has been very positive.
However, some are not so enthusiastic about the concept.
“It’s terrible, who would offer a free divorce for Valentine’s Day? It’s for love not sorrow,” Barb Cummings, a florist in the Southfield area, said in a statement.
Talking about what kind of stories he will be looking out for, Bentley said: “We’re looking for someone truly struggling to move forward,” he added, “Maybe someone who’s overcome some obstacle – a foreclosure, say. Maybe they’re struggling to make ends meet, and they don’t have enough money for a divorce.”
Another reason Bentley gave was someone diagnosed with cancer, a reason their spouse no longer want to be with them, which is a bad way to end a marriage.
Bentley is happily married.