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Texas 'divorce resort' attracts interest, criticism and curiosity all at once

In our Houston law office, we have helped enough couples go through the divorce process that we know there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to such delicate family law matters.

That's why a recent news story about a "divorce resort" established by a Texas enterprise caught our attention. Although this approach is unorthodox, and undoubtedly not a good idea for every single couple, there is no reason to immediately think it is not right for anyone.

The divorce resort is a simple-enough concept; a husband and wife who think they want to end their marriage check in to separate rooms of a spa or hotel and spend the next three days working with professionals to determine whether they do indeed want to divorce. If they reach an agreement, the soon-to-be-ex spouses can sign a legally binding document at the end of the third day.

The women who brought this concept to the U.S. from The Netherlands, where she herself checked into a "divorce hotel," said the hotel atmosphere helps reduce stress and anxiety. She also said she understands it is not the right way for all couples to end their marriages.

The concept has attracted some criticism for making divorce seem fun and easy. We understand that concern, but we also know that most couples who are exploring the option of divorce know it is a very serious decision that should be made thoughtfully.

As we said, we try to be open to new approaches that would work well for our clients. To your eyes, does a "divorce resort" sound like a good idea?

Source: My Fox Austin, "Austin law firm offers 'divorce resort,'" Jan. 2, 2013

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