Breaking up is hard to do and getting divorced is even harder. Usually. But what if we had some way to take some of the sting out of the whole divorce process. Let’s face it, it’s hard enough realizing your plans of creating a life, shared wardrobe space and cheesy couples’ voicemail greeting on the home phone with that person were all for naught. Now you have this messy, mad grab for the house, car, kids and dog AND to top it all off, you have to break the news to everyone.
Long story short, divorce is an all-round shit-tastic experience for everyone.
About a year ago officials in Mexico City were looking into the concept of short-term, renewable marriage licenses as a way to deal with their high divorce rate, but that only took care of one side of the story. You would still have to explain to friends, family & coworkers that you were no longer husband and wife.
There has to be an easier way. Right?
Well, the good news is that there is… In Japan anyway. There one lawyer, Hiroki Terai, is using a service he created called ‘Happy Divorce’ to give your recently deceased nuptials the real celebrity treatment.
Think about it. When Hollywood celeb couples call it quits (As they so often do), it’s in the news before they even call their attorneys. They never have to have that awkward “why I just rented an new apartment” conversation with their peeps. Do they?
That’s how Happy Divorce works! From the moment you sign your marriage into extinction, a one to two page newspaper-style notification is drawn up and, about a week later, circulated to all of the friends, family and prospective rebound dates… anyone you want!
Under the headline “Happy Divorce” your loved ones will get an interview with you and your new ex in which you try explain where things went wrong. For a bit of ‘fun’ you have various headline choices to work with too.
The paper also shines a spotlight on the happier times when you were together and attempts to analyze where you might have failed each other (Should have put that toilet seat down when she said so, bucko).
Pay extra and you can have your entire failure of a marriage reduced to a graphic similar to board game and all your major ups and downs indicated by squares on the board, ending on the “Happy Divorce” square.
Yay!!! You win!