Celebrating Divorce: How “Divorce Hotels” and “Divorce Parties” Are Changing How Couples Separate

The decision to divorce might be one of the most difficult you’ll make in your life. For some people, however, divorce is something to celebrate. And celebrate these people do: in fact, an entire industry has emerged designed to help couples break the bonds of matrimony in style.

Check in Married; Check Out Divorced

In Saratoga Springs, New York, the Gideon Putnam Resort was recently converted from a popular wedding destination to a “Divorce Hotel.” Here, married couples can check in for a few days, enjoy sunrise walks and picnics… and then obtain an expedited divorce proceeding. Individuals staying at the resort can also be featured on a new reality television show, which will profile the couples and the circumstances surrounding their divorces.

The Opposite of a Bachelor Party

Meanwhile, in Las Vegas — home of “quickie” marriages and even quicker annulments — another quirky divorce-related trend has emerged. Clients are hiring party planners to plan lavish “divorce parties.” These coming-out parties allow the recently divorced to celebrate their newfound singlehood. Common characteristics of these parties include:

  • Limo rides for an evening of entertainment.
  • Dinners with close friends.
  • Bachelorette party-esque accessories.

The New American Divorce Culture: Are We Taking Separation Seriously Enough?

Does the proliferation of divorce-related vacations and parties indicate a shifting American attitude towards marriage and its dissolution? Or do these strange diversions just constitute a passing fad? Ask any two divorce attorneys in VA, and you’ll get two different (and potentially polar opposite) answers. On the one hand, these events can serve as a welcome escape from the stress and sadness of divorce. On the other hand, they also hint at the profound and jolting emotions that divorcing individuals experience after a dysfunctional marriage.

At DiPietro Family Law Group, PLLC, we understand that working through the divorce process requires empathy and strategy in equal measure. We take the time to understand the needs and desires of our clients and work hard to achieve positive results. For a confidential consultation with our D.C. divorce attorneys, please contact us today at 703-370-5555.

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