Entrepreneur Wants to Bring ‘Divorce Hotel’ to America

by Angela Nazworth | June 4, 2012 5:01 pm

Entrepreneur Wants to Bring ‘Divorce Hotel’ to America

For decades, divorce attorneys have made huge profits off dying marriages. In recent years, cake decorators, card manufacturers and myriad other businesses have found ways to make money from divorces. Surprisingly, the next industry to cash in might be loding.

Jim Halfens, a Dutch entrepreneur, launched the aptly titled “Divorce Hotel” program in the Netherlands, and now he’d like to bring it to the U.S., The New York Times[1] reports.

The program, which would also be a reality TV show, requires divorcing couples to stay in the same hotel — but in separate rooms –  for one weekend. During that time, mediators and independent lawyers would work with each couple to help them agree on the terms of their divorce.

Halfens uses six different hotels in the Netherlands for his program and would also use more than one hotel in the U.S. Currently, he’s negotiating with hotels in several cities, as well as with two TV production companies and various law firms.

Divorce Hotel charges a flat fee of $3,500 to $10,000 to secure a divorce. So far, 17 couples have tried the program. All of the couples, with one exception, left with divorce papers in hand.

If Divorce Hotel launches in the U.S., Halfens already has his first guests in mind. The Times reports that the businessman has extended an invitation to Demi Moore[2] and Ashton Kutcher[3].

Endnotes:
  1. The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/27/business/the-divorce-hotel-a-true-weekend-getaway.html?_r=1
  2. Demi Moore: http://investorplace.com/2012/05/most-controversial-magazine-covers-of-the-last-30-years/
  3. Ashton Kutcher: http://investorplace.com/2012/05/racist-ashton-kutcher-online-ad-pulled/

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