Most couples see Valentine’s Day as a day to celebrate their love of one another. But for a couple in New York, this Valentine’s Day means divorce.
This year Antonio and Kathie have checked into DivorceHotel for Valentine’s Day to end their 25-year-long marriage. During the long weekend, the couple, who share four children, will iron out the details of their divorce. And who knows, they might just get some time in for wine and a few spa treatments.
“The hotel is actually known for weddings,” says Kathie. “It’s got a great spa and it’s in a great town with really good atmosphise. If you get stressed you can get a massage or a facial.”
NOT FLIP ABOUT DIVORCE
But while the couple share a “warped sense of humor,” they insist the divorce is not a joking matter.
“We’re not trying to be flip about divorce,” says Kathie. “It was a long hard road to finally make this decision – whether you’ve been married five or 10 or 25 years, divorce is never easy – but it’s best for both of us and our family, the six of us.
DivorceHotel is not an actual hotel. Rathis, it’s a service that partners with hotels. Prior to the weekend DivorceHotel provides mediation. And then the final divorce proceedings are done over a strictly enforced three-day timeline to wrap things up. “The longer a divorce procedure takes the bigger the risk the procedure will fail, because more and more people with opinions will be involved and make it complex,” says founder Jim Halfens. “We are able to split up our spouses in a clean and positive way.”
BUT WHY VALENTINE’S DAY?
But why have Antonio and Kathie decided on spending their Valentine’s Days like this?
“When you think about it, this weekend has twofold meaning,” says Kathie. The fact that Valentine’s Day is the day it will happen is just pure coincidence. “Friday is Friday the 13th. Then we have Valentine’s Day … We are trying to keep our sense of humor.”
“The whole notion of sitting in the cold, antiseptic environment of a courtroom or a conference room with attorneys and hash out all the details of my life, I didn’t want it,” says Antonio. “That’s not how we began our relationship and it’s not how we should end it.
Source: CNN, True romance? Why this couple is getting divorced on Valentine’s Day, February 13, 2015
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