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Divorce Hotel does clean breaks

Published Feb 7, 2012

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AT THE “Divorce Hotel” in the Netherlands, couples can book into separate rooms for two days while professionals help them to arrange all the necessary legal documentation to end their marriage.

They meet a mediator and series of lawyers who will split assets, agree alimony payments and arrange visitation rights – all for a fixed fee.

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The hotel was the brainchild of entrepreneur Jim Halfens, who said he spotted a gap in the market in a country where the average divorce can easily run into five figures and take months to complete.

“When they leave the hotel, all work is done. The only thing that happens then in Dutch law is that they have to show the agreement to a judge in the Netherlands and that takes a couple of weeks. – Sapa-AP

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