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Breaking: Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren File for Divorce

This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, given the acknowledged infidelity of golf superstar Tiger Woods, but now it’s official.

Woods and his wife of over five years, Elin Nordegren, filed for divorce today in Bay County Circuit Court, Florida. The terms of the settlement were undisclosed.

Their attorneys released a statement on behalf of the couple. ATL readers will recognize the name of at least one of the law firms involved….

Elin Nordegren was represented by McGuireWoods (no relation to Tiger). Here’s the statement, which appears on Tiger Woods’s website:

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.

The Woods website gives a shout-out to the lawyers:

Ms. Nordegren was represented by McGuireWoods attorneys Richard Cullen and Dennis I. Belcher in Richmond, Scott S. Cairns in Jacksonville and Walter H. White, Jr., and Josefin Lonnborg in London, assisted by Rebecca Palmer of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.

Thomas J. Sasser of the West Palm Beach, Florida firm of Sasser, Cestero and Sasser P.A., and Peter T. Mott of the Southport, Connecticut firm of Brody Wilkinson, P.C., Mr. Woods’ long time general counsel, represented Mr. Woods.

This reads like the announcement of a deal team, doesn’t it? That’s a whole lot of lawyers to end a marriage that’s not even six years old. But given the complexity of the arrangements and the amount of money probably involved — Nordegren is said to be getting almost $100 million — it’s understandable.

Good luck to both Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren as they go their separate ways.

Tiger Woods — Divorce Finalized [TMZ.com]
Tiger Woods, wife officially divorce [Associated Press via ESPN.com]

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