April 27, 2010 the news reported that Elin Nordegren, Wife of Tiger Woods, may soon be involved in a significant California child custody, and more specifically, California move away custody case. Here are some of the reported facts: Elin Nordegren is Swedish. During her marriage to Tiger Woods she bought a home in Sweden, reportedly worth two or three million dollars. The couple has two children--daughter Sam, age two, and son Charlie, age one. Tiger Woods is a professional golfer and plays at the highest level of professional golf which requires Tiger Woods to practice and play in numerous tournaments all over the country/world.
San Diego divorce lawyers can debate how these parents should share custody. As a California Certified Family Law Specialist handling numerous child custody cases I see a couple of child custody sand traps that I don't think Tiger Woods can pitch out of.
First, here is the standard approach: Family Code 3011 calls for an award of child custody to "both parents jointly" (although this is not mandated). Further, this section calls for both parents to have "frequent and continuing contact" with the children. These divorce attorneys would argue that the parties should have joint physical custody on a flexible schedule depending on when Tiger Woods is available. This analysis may be too superficial in this case.
Second, considering that Elin Nordegren is a stay at home mom, paid a huge sum by Tiger by way of support, she will not need to work 8 to 5 ever. She can have part time careers that are designed around the needs of her children. And when she files her move away motion to return to Sweden with the children, and prevails, she will have the children the majority of the time, to say the least.