The Law: Divorce, Caribbean Style

The eight Americans were greeted at Santo Domingo's Las Americas Airport by a smiling host who guided them effortlessly through customs and on to the posh El Embajador Hotel for cocktails and a sumptuous dinner. Next morning the visitors were shuttled to the country's thriving new tourist attraction: the Palace of Justice. By noontime they were divorced from their spouses back home. The cost: about $500 in legal expenses, plus air fare and the price of an overnight stay.

Since a liberalized divorce law went into effect in the Dominican Republic 2½ months ago, 220 Americans have participated in the brisk ritual—and...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!