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Elin playing hardball, may go for 'half of Tiger's fortune' in divorce

Dec 15, 2009, 9:00 PM EDT

With Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren seemingly headed down the rapids toward Divorce Falls, word comes that the missus has hired a pretty big gun to handle any potential legal proceedings. Meet celebrity attorney Sorrell Trope, rumored to wear steel underwear and eat his meat raw. Oh, and also it’s said that he can “bust through any pre-nup; he’s done it several times before.”
What’s at stake? From the London Daily Mirror:

Tiger Woods’ devastated wife has called in California’s top celebrity divorce lawyer, say her friends. And Elin Nordegren — rocked by her husband’s string of alleged affairs — could get half the £337.5million he has earned in the five years they have been married.

Holy crap.
Driving the speculation that Elin is looking to pound Tiger into a fine, powdery substance in court are these facts:
* She’s been seen in public twice without her wedding ring, and doesn’t appear to care who knows it.
* She recently purchased a multi-million dollar mansion in her native Sweden in hers and her sister’s name.
* According to the Mirror, Elin will not seek a divorce in Orlando, the couple’s primary residence. Instead, she’s filing the papers in California, which has a no-fault community property law.
It appears that Elin is trying to finish the job she started with a golf club on Thanksgiving night.

Trope, 82, a partner in Californian law firm Trope and Trope, has represented big-name stars including Cary Grant, Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage and Britney Spears in a 60-year career.

Under California law the “no-fault divorce”, introduced in 1970, means there is an equal division of assets and property.

This could mean that any pre-nup agreement Elin signed with the golf star will be torn up.

A source said: “Mr Trope is the best divorce lawyer in the business and the divorce laws in California are much more favourable than most other states.

“Elin can fight for half of what her husband has earned since they were married. And Trope can bust through any pre-nup – he’s done it many times before.”

Last night, when asked if he was representing Woods’ wife as her divorce lawyer, Trope replied: “Not right now.”

Oh yeah; it’s on.
Tiger and wife headed for permanent split [MSNBC]
Tiger Woods’ wife Elin ‘wants half his fortune’ as she prepares to meet divorce lawyers [London Daily Mirror]

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  1. Cookie - Dec 17, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Tiger violated the marriage contract he made with Elin on their wedding day (and it is a contract). He unilaterally changed its terms, voiding the original. So, as far as I’m concerned, she has every right to seek to have the pre-nup voided. As far as rumours of her “abusing” him, the police said there was NO evidence of any abuse the night of the accident, and he’d have been in the hospital with his face broken if she’d have hit him in the face with an iron! And if she threw a cellphone at him, he deserved it.

  2. Alex - Dec 17, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Joel…so uneducated it funny. When did I say it was her fault?? Reading 101 guy…

  3. RM73 - Dec 17, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    If Tiger openly claims in public he was beaten by his wife, his character will really tank. Unless he can prove it. The night of 11/27 will not be enough. Waiting for him to start fighting back. He has the money to get himself a powerful attorney also. Could be quite a battle.
    Hey Fuzzy! Are you out there somewhere laughing your ass off. You should be. Touchy, sensitive Tiger has it coming at him now. Deservedly.

  4. Latrobe - Dec 17, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    He woke up.

  5. latgman67 - Dec 17, 2009 at 3:00 PM

    Yup another great thing about this country, good guess i was taking a siesta. i get to make money which is green by having white trash like you working for me, then banning white chicks like your skank Nikki. Not bad for a spick from colombia like me. what a wonderful country the USA is. By the way what is the going rate for Nikki maybe i`ll bid on her.Hey Latrobe glad to know that you and your gay friends stick together

  6. Latrobe - Dec 17, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Who you trying to kid, latgman67? You don’t work. Your old man’s really gonna whip your ass when he comes home after begging all day to find out that you traded the family’s food stamps for minutes on the community library’s computer.

  7. Michael in FL - Dec 17, 2009 at 3:48 PM

    He actually has a 40 mil home being built now in Jupiter FL,
    I would suspect that he would be happy there, she go to Switzerland, they sell off the other places and she walks with 100 mil or so.
    Noone will exactly ne hurting.
    I really think at this point, other than the embarassment, he probably cant wait to get down there and bring in his string of girls.
    The really sad thing, is the one he is most interested in is going to completely hose him. She is running around with other celebs and makes no bones that she wants his cash.
    Incidentally, he cried the day he found out his father cheated on his mother. Just repeating the pain cycle.

  8. latgman67 - Dec 17, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Dam dude they took down all the crap we were chatting about. Dam sensors. LOl

  9. latgman67 - Dec 18, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Look at this point Tiger should just divorce his wife and move on, period. Pay her what she deserves, and just continue to be a good dad and provide for the kids. He will still make millions if not more since he is the only thing that golf has, otherwise it will fall back to oblivion. His sponsors will still be there and those that take the risk and drop him will come crawling back since this guy is a money machine. Once Tiger is free of his marriage rules which are an albatross around his neck, he can roam the jungle freely. All these skanks who knew he was married and didn’t have the decency to say no will be oblivious and remembered for the whores they really are. The wife will go on her merry way , with what she wanted all along , a piece of the pie. In other words she was not happy with her amount on the prenup so she too is just a money grubbing lady. The public will still be there for him, because once this episode is over he will kick ass on the golf course and get all the pun tang he wants without worrying about anyone saying a peep. So Tiger, do the right thing just divorce this lady, pay her , hell it`s just money and you have and will continue to have loads of it. This will shut up all these hypocrites who vilify you yet deep down inside probably have their share of skeletons in their closet. Remember the great thing about this country is that we love a winner and a comeback one the most. So the hell with everyone , it`s your life , your money and your pecker. Attack this thing like you attack the golf course. Shut everyone up by freeing yourself of this marriage and pristine image that all these people thrust upon you, screw them with this move, make tons of money playing golf which makes you happy. Finally make the most important thing you physically posses happy, your pecker, free it to do what it does best , attack every hole it craves and score that hole in one it has become so good at. Reclaim your jungle Tiger, and jingle those balls everywhere your prowls take you and screw everyone . Just remember those who are hating you today are pathetic, and as a horny wise man once said ” opinions are like a-holes, everyone has one and they are worth s…h…i..t ! “

  10. skiptracer - Dec 18, 2009 at 9:54 PM

    Reading over all these postings makes me want to say a few things. I don’t think all men are pigs as someone here posted. It makes me wonder how strong the marriage was to begin with if she was so out of touch with him that she didn’t know what he was doing. His game is what is gets awards for not what he does outside of the game along with the fact that he made piles of money for some of these sponsors that seem to have forgotten that now that the chips are down for the guy, with the excepting of a few. If she is now in it for the money and wants to run him into the ground (which by the way we don’t know that) isn’t she breaking the wedding vows “for better or for worse” do they only apply to him and not her. There are two sides to this story and we have yet to find out what the other side is not telling… Oh by the way I don’t agree with the actions he took outside his marriage.

  11. Maria - Dec 21, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    She earned the money living with a creep for 5 years and now it’s payday. She will take 1/2 of his money and his tooth too.
    That’s what he gets for being such a sorry excuse for a man. He can have lots of fun now – sleeping with whom ever he wants and paying them for the privilege. It’s a good thing he has money – he is so ugly and dull that he would not get any women.
    Elin is very smart, in 5 years, she has two children, lots of cash, has beauty and class. Not bad – sometimes it takes longer for payday to arrive with rich man. Now she can have good clean Swedish men who are self-assured in the world and of substance and better lovers than dull dumb tiger. You go Elin.

  12. latgman67 - Dec 21, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Ok maria so in lay man terms she waited five years to come out and show the world that she is like these other whores tiger slept with and paid.the only difference was she spread her legs for a longer period of time and let Tiger`s little guys pounce on her eggs. yeah she should really be a role model to women, please she is a whore who is going to get paid, only difference was her hourly rate was higher.

  13. latgman67 - Dec 21, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    Ok maria so in lay man terms she waited five years to come out and show the world that she is like these other whores tiger slept with and paid.the only difference was she spread her legs for a longer period of time and let Tiger`s little guys pounce on her eggs. yeah she should really be a role model to women, please she is a whore who is going to get paid, only difference was her hourly rate was higher.

  14. latgman67 - Dec 21, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Ok maria so in lay man terms she waited five years to come out and show the world that she is like these other whores tiger slept with and paid.the only difference was she spread her legs for a longer period of time and let Tiger`s little guys pounce on her eggs. yeah she should really be a role model to women, please she is a whore who is going to get paid, only difference was her hourly rate was higher.

  15. nikki - Dec 21, 2009 at 9:51 PM

    Dude, ‘PLEASE’ get psycho-therapy ASAP. Relationship’s aren’t about sex, the only relationship that allow’s sex is ‘MARRIAGE’. Sex is the celebration of becoming “ONE” body/family; “ONE” in committment/trust;”ONE” in love/respect. Out of the celebration comes the gift of “LIFE”. Marriage, sex and family are BEAUTIFUL GIFT’S TO A MAN AND WOMAN; given by GOD. You’re description of sex is as a ‘FILTHY ABOMINATION, an UNCLEAN THING. You AREN’T WORTHY TO COMMENT HERE!

  16. Mitch - Dec 23, 2009 at 8:51 PM

    I think the jurisdiction of the divorce should be the same as the primary residence listed on tax papers unless it can be proven that the couple actually spent more time at the California house. Having said that I hope this hottie gets half!

  17. JAWS - Dec 26, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    You are wrong, ScottK. Arnold Palmer was a complete womanizer!!!! Better get your story straight!

  18. Jody - Dec 28, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    Actually YOU are the idiot. There’s no way this ho will get half his money. You don’t think Eldrich will get the best lawyer money can buy? Wake up. They have a prenup, quite straight forward. She lives in Sweden now, so too bad for you girl. You are SOL.
    She shoudl tak eht prenup money and keep her dumb blonde mouth shut! Typical gold digger!

  19. Jody - Dec 28, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    By the way Florida also has No Fault Divorce as well. Maybe California is where she is residing at the moment, so it’s easier to deal with the lawyers there.

  20. Jody - Dec 28, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    You can sue anywhere you want to.

  21. Joe - Jan 4, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    What do her relative have to do with her “having class?”

  22. PHIL WEIRICK - Jan 6, 2010 at 8:18 PM


  23. James - Jan 14, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    Having just gone through a divorce in California, its amazing the amount of incorrect information here.
    1. A pre-nup does stand in California. Unless it can be proven that it was signed under duress. A pre-nuptial supersedes all California law if it was not obtained in a unethical and illegal manner. How they break prenups is by trying to prove that one of the parties was coerced into signing without legal advice or by pressure.
    2. California child custody typically does not allow one parent to move away from the other to prevent one parent from seeing the children without the injured parents consent. If Tiger agrees to give Elin custody and allow her to move to Sweden, she can. Otherwise, she has to stay reasonably local to provide him access to his visitation rights.