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Vienna hosts world's first-ever 'divorce fair'

 
 
Reply Fri 26 Oct, 2007 10:20 pm
Vienna is to host what organisers have dubbed the world's first "divorce fair" this month, "aimed at couples whose wedding dreams have turned sour and who need help in untying the knot as painlessly as possible".

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How to split up: Vienna hosts world's first divorce fair

Kate Connolly
Saturday October 27, 2007
The Guardian

These days there is a trade fair for pretty much everything. And if you can have one for weddings, you can have one for divorces as well.
That is the message from the organisers of the world's first divorce fair, which is taking place in Vienna this weekend, aimed at helping couples make the break as painlessly as possible.

"If people untie the knot in good faith, it can turn out that the day you divorce is the best day of your life," said the organiser, Anton Barz, who also arranges wedding fairs.

The two-day fair, under the optimistic slogan New Beginning, offers couples, together or separately, the chance to talk to a variety of experts - everyone from life-planners and lawyers to private detectives.
Mr Barz believes divorce is an untapped market and aims to exploit it. He has come to the right place: almost every second marriage fails in Austria, and in Vienna, it is as many as two out of three marriages.

Several exhibitors have registered so far, including lawyers who will hold lectures on marital and family law, and mediators who will discuss "How to avoid a War of the Roses" or "Coping as a single parent".

Detectives will explain the benefits of spying on your partner while experts in DNA will be present to talk about paternity tests.

Estate agents will also get their claws in, by offering advice to couples on how best to sell the house, while a travel company is offering therapeutic package holidays for the "happily newly-divorced".

Even the Catholic church, which might well have been expected to shy away from anything to do with the commercialisation of divorce, will be present, providing representatives from the archdiocese of Vienna to talk about what they call "divorce orphans".

A visit to the event is "free, unbinding and anonymous", according to the fair's website, www.scheidungsmesse.at.

If successful, the organisers plan to make the divorce fair a twice-yearly affair.
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tinygiraffe
 
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Reply Fri 26 Oct, 2007 11:53 pm
ugh, i think annual is often enough.

this is the second interesting story i've heard about vienna in the past couple of days.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 27 Oct, 2007 01:57 am
tinygiraffe wrote:
ugh, i think annual is often enough.

this is the second interesting story i've heard about vienna in the past couple of days.


They do the same (? at least done by the same company) fair four weeks later in the Austrian state of Upper Austria, too.
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tinygiraffe
 
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Reply Sat 27 Oct, 2007 02:04 am
cool. it's an interesting idea, i have no problem with that- it's just the frequency of every six months (in the same location) that i found mildly unsettling.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 27 Oct, 2007 02:08 am
Well, perhaps winter-divorces differ a lot more from summer-divorces than you usually could think?
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tinygiraffe
 
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Reply Sat 27 Oct, 2007 02:13 am
when you put it that way, it sounds like a very good point.

i have very mixed feelings about the entire thing. i wouldn't want too much or too little of something like that, either one would be unfortunate. for some reason, annual just seems more reasonable. i could try to reason with you about it, or i could make an unqualified comment.

because we're talking about very mixed feelings, any attempt to reason along them with you would go on in an endless rant too serious for the topic Smile

it does make vienna sound like a very cool place, however- but i'm biased from the other story i read.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 27 Oct, 2007 02:17 am
Now I really have to ask you about that other story ... (I'm biased only due to my Vienna relatives and the fact that I like Vienna)
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tinygiraffe
 
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Reply Sat 27 Oct, 2007 02:24 am
Walter Hinteler wrote:
Now I really have to ask you about that other story ... (I'm biased only due to my Vienna relatives and the fact that I like Vienna)


that was a brain fart, walter. never type while doing other things that have most of your attention (usually i don't, i'm being ridiculous today.) the other story i read was a video i watched of streetdancers. i don't think it will be difficult for you to find if you're still curious.
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