It’s been a rocky nine months for the world’s most famous golfer, but the hardest part now seems to be over. The divorce between Tiger Woods and his wife, Swedish model Elin Nordegren, is final as of today.
The golf superstar, 34, and his now-ex-wife both attended the hearing at Bay County Circuit Court in Panama City, Florida to officially dissolve their marriage of less than six years. The couple’s divorce settlement has not been made public, but People reported in July that Nordegren stood to gain as much as $700 million from Woods. The magazine has also stated that the couple wanted to share child custody; they have two children, three-year-old Sam Alexis and 18-month-old Charlie Axel.
Although Nordegren had signed a prenuptial agreement prior to the marriage, she and Woods reportedly renegotiated the agreement over the summer.
McGuire Woods, the law firm that Nordegren retained in the divorce, released a press statement from the former couple today. “We are sad that our marriage is over,” the statement read, “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,” Woods and Nordegren continued in the statement, “the primary focus of our amicable discussions has been to ensure [the children’s] 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.”
Friends of Nordegren, 30, have suggested that the model may move back to Sweden later this year, as a result of the emotional roller coaster that began with Woods’ confessed affairs and culminated in the divorce. “She’s feeling okay about all this,” a source told People today. “She’s been through hell, but handled herself with such dignity. And now, she’s got a whole new life ahead of her.”
Woods and Nordegren married in October 2004 in Barbados.
Tiger Woods’ golf career fell into a slump after his sex scandal broke last November. He tied for second-last place in the Bridgestone Invitational tournament in Akron, Ohio this month.
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