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Breakfast in bed, chocolate on the pillow and a divorce

The divorce hotel is coming to the UK, but how will it work 
and will it be a success? asks Jonathan West

11 June 2012

When Elvis Presley’s relationship ended he found solace at the end of Lonely Street at the Heartbreak Hotel, and it seems the UK will soon be getting its very own version of the heartbreak hotel.

The divorce hotel is the brainchild of Dutch entrepreneur Jim Halfens and has been piloted in the Netherlands, with hopes to launch the programme in the UK early next year. Halfens also intends to open divorce hotels in the US, with plans for a fly-on-the-wall reality series apparently already in the pipeline.

So far, six high-end hotels in the Netherlands have signed up to be divorce hotels, with staff asked to take extra care of their potentially emotionally fragile guests.

Once the couple check into their separate rooms, they will work in a hotel suite with independent lawyers and mediators over the weekend to divide assets and emerge with divorce papers al...

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