Would you try to take your kids and run if your marriage was in trouble?
Although Elin Nordegren’s gut instinct might be to take her kids and run home to Sweden to escape the drama of her life, unfortunately for her, she won’t be able to.
“In the event that Tiger [Woods] objects to the terms [of her taking them out of Florida], he can go to court … and stop her from doing it,” Chris Mancini, a divorce attorney in South Florida (who isn’t involved in the case) tells HollywoodLife.com. “She won’t be allowed to take the kids without a signed agreement.”
If Elin does attempt to take her two children, Sam, two-and-a-half, and Charlie, ten months, Tiger can have her passport frozen, as per Florida state law.
For all you Team Elin fans out there, the judge presiding over the case (if the situation does go to court) probably won’t give Elin sole custody. Instead, she’ll get primary residential custody, meaning she’ll live with the kids but Tiger will have open visitation.
“Tiger is not an unfit father just because he screws around on his wife,” says Mancini. “He only loses visitation if he abuses or neglects [them].”
That aside, both mom and dad will be under restriction. Mancini adds that the court will most likely issue a no disparagement order, which will state that Tiger and Elin will be prohibited from saying anything bad about the other in front of the kids.
Let’s hope that if the couple IS headed for a divorce that they can be civil, if only for the sake of their children.
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