All marriages are made in heaven; one half are settled in court. The traditional U.S. divorce process typically lingers on average, over one year. Starting with a mediation agreement that is acceptable to both parties, a one day divorce is just that – accomplished in one day in the Caribbean. They are legal and enforceable in the United States.
To better inform the public on the one day divorce option, family law attorneys at Haufler Associates and law based in Massachusetts and Florida, have developed a “1 Day Divorce Kit” that is now available via their website – www.1DayDivorce.com.
A one day divorce is NOT a new or exotic idea. Since 1980, Haufler Associates have processed numerous, one day divorces in the Caribbean.
Almost everyone has a friend or relative with a divorce horror story, from the emotional trauma to the cost. We all cringe at the tales of $50,000 to $100,000 cost and bitter give and take. With 1 Day Divorce, the standard cost is $5,000. That includes $2,000 in legal fees and $3,000 for attorneys processing the divorce in the Caribbean. Transportation and overnight hotel is nominal.
“Most people think that only movie stars and other celebrities can afford or arrange for a one day, private divorce in the Caribbean,” noted Attorney R. Christian Haufler, Jr., Managing Director of Haufler Associates. He continued, “Now, when appropriate of course, a one day Caribbean divorce is affordable, private, legal and binding when done properly.” “Privacy of your agreement with assets, support and children issues are protected.”
A divorce in the Caribbean is protected and recognized by the Hague Convention, the Federal Internal Revenue Service, and the Social Security Act (24 U.S.C. 402(e) 1, 416(c) and 416 (d)(2). It is enforceable as a “foreign divorce”, similar to a divorce in another state or country.
Conventional divorce proceedings held in the United States tend to be in crowded, open court rooms, with weeks or months of delay. The details of your agreement are often echoed among bystanders and strangers. The court documents are also public record for a nosey neighbor or co-worker to thumb through. Numerous public records are going internet, similar to our Registry of Deeds.
A Caribbean divorce is held in private session. The paperwork, although legal and binding, is not accessible to the public. It is reviewed and sealed by the court.
No culpability or fault need be alleged or proven to get a divorce in the Caribbean. In the U.S., it is referred to as “no fault divorce” or “irreconcilable differences”. Like the United States, grounds of incompatibility of the parties are accepted in the Caribbean.
Only one spouse of the divorcing couple must be present at the Caribbean hearing. Haufler Associates requests and highly recommends both parties attend. There are other legal requirements and documents that will be prepared for the court to accept. If either party resides outside of the United States, there are additional documents that are required, which the office will also prepare.
The Caribbean is a short hop away. American Airlines has non-stop flights to the Caribbean from Boston, Miami, JFK, San Juan and St. Marten. Continental has daily non-stop flights from Newark. Delta has non-stop flights from Atlanta and JFK. Jet Blue has a non-stop flight from JFK. US Airways has a non-stop flight from Philadelphia. Spirit has non-stop flights from Fort Lauderdale. Clients may depart on any flight after 2:00 PM on the date of the court appearance.
Safe, clean and comfortable accommodations are the standard in the Caribbean. Most clients choose a hotel that meets all American standards including swimming pool, tennis courts, sauna, massage and steam room, cocktail lounges, and a restaurant. Room rates start at $149.00 per night.
Haufler Associates, with offices in Massachusetts, Florida, and an associated office in the Caribbean, has a staff of 10 in the U.S. and six in the Caribbean. The staff works both standard and flexible hours to expedite each divorce and accommodate each client’s schedule.
Each party has an attorney and interpreter as required by the laws of the country. The proceedings are very formal, recorded by the court reporter, filed and docketed by the Court Clerks. Court officers are in the court room at all times.
R. Christian Haufler, Jr. is an honors graduate of Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin, and was awarded his Juris Doctor degree by Boston College Law School in 1977. He has successfully completed advanced trial courses at the American Academy of Trial Lawyers at Harvard Law School and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Florida and before the Supreme Court of the United States. He has 30 years of experience in Family Law, practicing since 1981.
|In 1974, he was commissioned as an Officer in the United States Army and was active as a Captain in the United States Army Military Intelligence until 1989. He is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force, Air Group Operation School at Eglin Air Force Base Florida.|
For your copy of the “1 Day Divorce Kit”, visit www.1DayDivorce.com. To arrange an initial confidential, complimentary half hour appointment in the firm’s 22 Washington Street, Route 53, Norwell, Massachusetts office, call (781) 871-3800 or 1-800-44-LEGAL or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Offsite appointments are available upon request.