Inside Edition Documents Couple’s “Visit” to the Divorce Hotel in in Saratoga Springs
September 14, 2018, Saratoga Springs, NY – Local Divorce Mediator Michele Martin, founder of Malta, NY based Divorce Agree Mediation was featured last night on Inside Edition in a segment as the mediator for the ‘DivorceHotel’.
Inside Edition producers and crew were on hand at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY earlier this summer to document a couple from Cedar Rapids Iowa as they went through the DivorceHotel process.
DivorceHotel began in the Netherlands in 2011 as an innovative process for divorcing couples to end their marriage in a positive, quick and cost effective way – mediating their divorce in a luxury hotel over the course of a weekend.
The Iowa couple checked into the Gideon Putnam Hotel on a Wednesday and after lengthy sessions with Martin they checked out on a Friday with a signed separation agreement and all of the completed documents necessary to file the divorce in their home state. Martin said “I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with a couple who is as passionate as I am about showing the world that divorce ‘doesn’t have to be that way’. The couple worked together with my help to construct a divorce agreement that is financially viable and allows for open communication and shared parenting time. I’m very proud of the work we did.”
Saratoga Springs, NY gained national and international attention as the first U.S. DivorceHotel location after the New York Post published an article in September 2014. The DivorceHotel concept also sparked a reality TV show, which was the best-viewed show on prime time television in countries around the world including the Netherlands and Denmark. A TV program based on the US DivorceHotel is also in the works.
Martin first heard of DivorceHotel in 2011 and contacted founder Jim Halfens in the Netherlands to convince him to bring DivorceHotel to the United States. “It was an idea whose time had come”, said Martin. A Saratoga Springs native, Martin then convinced Halfens that the city was the perfect locale for DivorceHotel. Martin is also the U.S. Country Manager for the company. Since then Divorce Hotels have opened in the UK and the company has announced plans to open hotels in California and Australia.
The Inside Edition segment can be viewed online at https://youtu.be/jyG5XszRprw.
About Michele Martin
Michele Martin is a Divorce Mediator and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA™). Martin founded Divorce Agree in Malta NY to provide mediation and divorce financial counseling services to couples in the greater Capital District of New York including Saratoga, Albany, Warren, Schenectady, and surrounding counties. Martin is also the Divorce Mediator and US Country Manager for DivorceHotel International. www.divorceagree.com
About DivorceHotel International
DivorceHotel International began in the Netherlands in 2011 as an innovative process for divorcing couples to end their marriage in a positive, quick and cost effective way – mediating their divorce in a luxury hotel over the course of a weekend. There are six hotels in the Netherlands and one in the United States. The company also launched a television series in the Netherlands on the RTL broadcasting network, The DivorceHotel TV show was the best-viewed show on prime time television in the Netherlands this past season. www.divorcehotel.com
Michele Martin Divorce Agree (518) 813-6098