Tiger Woods Elin Nordegren Renegotiating Prenup? Why?

December 04, 2009 | Blog, Family Law News, Prenuptial Agreements, Settlement

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The Huffington Post, and The Daily Beast are reporting that Elin Nordegren, the wife of golfing billionaire Tiger Woods, is demanding that Woods renegotiate the terms of their prenuptial agreement after learning of Woods’ multiple infidelities. Under their 2004 agreement, Woods allegedly agreed to pay Nordegren the sum of $20 million if they should separate after ten years of marriage. The recent news reports claim that Nordegren is now demanding $55 million to stay with Woods for another two years, seven years in total.

If the reports are true, why would Woods agree to such terms?  The obvious answer would be “to induce Nordegren to commit to marital reconciliation.” Yet, a less obvious, perhaps more cynical answer would be “to let the negative publicity abate before announcing that the couple is divorcing.” By letting the media firestorm subside, even temporarily until the couple can make a plausible announcement about having attempted to reconcile, Woods might be able to preserve his valuable sponsorships. Pure speculation on my part, sure, but if his sponsorship worth hundreds of millions of dollars per year were at stake, wouldn’t it make sense to throw a little money her way?

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