Today Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren Woods appeared at the Bay County Circuit Court in Panama City, Fla., to legally finalize their divorce agreement.
McGuireWoods LLP, counsel for Nordegren and Sasser, Cestero and Sasser P.A., counsel for Woods, released the following statement after the official dissolution of the legal union:
“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.”
A statement on Woods’ official website said of the divorce settlement, “The Judgment provides for shared parenting of their two children.”
From the case details of the Bay County Circuit Court website, the Uniform Relocation of Children Act was cited during the court proceeding:
That citation (pdf) indicates that Tiger and Elin will be living either out of state from each other or a significant distance from each other within the state of Florida.
Ironic though that Woods and Nordegren always preach privacy yet Nordegren’s sister is listed in the divorce lawyer rollcall in today’s press release on Woods’ website.
Meanwhile, TMZ.com has obtained the documents contained in today’s petition for the dissolution of marriage between Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren Woods.
The petition, which was subsequently approved by a judge in Panama City, Fla., today, does reveal details previously unknown regarding the couple’s parting.
In the filing, Elin petitioned and was granted restoration of her maiden name:
”Elin Maria Pernilla Nordegren.”
The majority of the marital settlement was actually signed off by Tiger and Elin on July 3 & 4, making today’s court appearance no more than a formality.
The filing also revealed when Elin officially moved out of the house.
From the above document, you can see that Tiger’s now-ex-wife officially left the family home, with children in tow, in November, 2009.
What’s most interesting about today’s events is the news that Elin wants her maiden name back - indicating she has no interesting trafficking in her ex-husband’s fame.
Yes, Nordegren will be compensated handsomely in the aftermath of the breakup, and she undoubtedly signed a confidentiality agreeement, but somehow I think she wants to make a complete break from her former husband.
With the sordid details of his infidelity, who can blame her?
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