At the two-day event in Vienna, fed-up spouses can contract private detectives to spy on philandering mates, hire real estate agents to find a new homes and book vacation packages designed for the newly separated. They can even hire a DNA sampling lab to see if it will really be necessary to pay child support.
“New Beginnings” is the world’s first divorce fair, according to Anton Barz, 37, a wedding organizer who came up with the idea after realizing that half of all unions were doomed.
“Austria’s divorce statistics are shocking,” Barz said in a café near Sigmund Freud’s former home in the Austrian capital. “People get a wedding certificate more easily than a driver’s license and have no idea of the consequences when they crash.”
Around 500 people are expected to attend the fair at the Vienna Marriott Hotel, where 20 vendors — including a local law firm hunting for new clients — will ply them with advice about how to settle their partnership problems.
Thanks to Marci Oddi of Indiana Law Blog for her eagle eyes.