Tiger Wood’s official Web site featured an official statement by the champion golfer and his now ex-wife Elin Nordegren that their divorce has been finalized. The statement was vetted by the law firms for both Woods and Nordegren and was issued by their attorneys.
According to the official communique from the law firms, the Woods-Nordegren marriage was officially dissolved by a Florida Court on Monday, August 23rd. As part of the divorce judgment, the couple will have joint custody of their two children.
The communique featured a joint statement by Woods and Nordegren:
“We are sad that our marriage is over and we wish each other the very best for the future. While we are no longer married, we are the parents of two wonderful children and their happiness has been, and will always be, of paramount importance to both of us. Once we came to the decision that our marriage was at an end, the primary focus of our amicable discussions has been to ensure their future well-being. The weeks and months ahead will not be easy for them as we adjust to a new family situation, which is why our privacy must be a principal concern.”
Love & Marriage
The 34-year-old gofer, the highest-paid professional athlete in the world with an estimated income of $90 million annually, married the Swedish model Elin Nordegren in October 2004. They had a daughter in September 2007 and a son in February 2009.
Nordegren reportedly signed a pre-nuptial agreement with Woods, limiting the property settlement that she would have received from the divorce. Tabloid news stories have indicated that Woods has paid her a handsome, 7-figure bounty in order to make their divorce amicable.
Fox News is reporting that the Tiger Woods Divorce settlement will net Nordegren $750 million, making it the largest divorce settlement ever, but that number is likely exaggerated.
The Woods-Nordegren marriage fell apart in late November 2009, after the National Enquirer published a story about Woods’ affair with a nightclub manager. Two days after the story broke, on November 27, 2009, Tiger Woods was involved in a highly publicized car crash as he apparently was fleeing his Jupiter Island, Florida home after wife Elin reportedly attacked him with a golf club.
Although the nightclub manager had denied she had an affair with the #1 ranked golfer in the world, US Magazine subsequently published a story in which a San Diego cocktail waitress claimed she had had a long affair with Tiger, and had voice messages to back her up.
Woods acknowledged the affair and issued an apology to his fans, but then more women came forward, revealing that the world’s most popular athlete was a serial adulterer and sex-a-holic. Woods issued another statement on December 11th in which he apologized again and said he was taking a hiatus from golf.
Attempts to repair the fractured marriage failed, and the couple are now divorced.
Tiger Woods.com, “A Statement from Ellen Nordegren and Tiger Woods”
Fox News.com, “Elin Nordegren Gets $750M, Custody of Kids in Exchange for Silence in Tiger Woods Divorce”