Thursday, September 4, 2014

Famous wedding resort to offer "divorce packages"

The Saratoga Springs' Gideon Putnam Resort will be hosting the whole cycle of marriage on weekends: weddings AND divorces.

As an Orange County divorce attorney, and a proponent of mediation, I found this notion fascinating;

The New York Post reports: An upstate resort famous for its lavish weddings will ironically serve as the venue for “Divorce Hotel” — a business that promises couples a painless split in an idyllic setting.

For a flat $5,000 fee, the divorcing parties are put up in separate rooms at Saratoga Springs’ Gideon Putnam Resort for a weekend and work with a mediator to finalize the details into a signed agreement.
“Practically, they are divorced after signing on Sunday,” founder Jim Halfens, who already runs similar projects in his native Netherlands, told The Post. “After signing, all work is done and we send it to a judge who only puts a stamp on it to make it official.”

Halfens expects to start up his services at the end of September.

He believes the main clientele will be New Yorkers looking for a speedy split — but any US citizens can participate as long as they agree to use the provided mediators and lawyers.

Some guests will participate in a reality TV show, but most will conduct their marriage terminations in private.

If you can get through your divorce for $5000 through mediation, even as a divorce attorney, I'm all for it!

By: Robert R. Beauchamp
Law Office of Robert R Beauchamp
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Mission Viejo, CA 92692
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