Applauding Tiger Woods and Elin Woods

Too often, we hear of celebrity divorces that don’t go well. (Mel Gisbson, Paul McCartney etc.) This is not because of the reson for the divorce (such as infidelity or domestic violence) but more because of the way the celebrities handle the situation. Sometimes, both of them or their lawyers are in the media talking at each other through the media or one spouse uses the media to publish recording, video or information to make the other spouse look bad. Or sometimes their court appearances are televised.

Of course, we have seen lots of good examples of celebrities who handled their divorces well, Donald Trump and Ivana Trup, Demi Moore andBruce Willis just to name a few.  I would have to say that the divorce between Tiger Woods and Elin Woods is one of them.

The media was all over it from the day the first story of Tiger Wood’s infidelity broke, to how they have hired lawyers, filed for divorce, and now the divorce has been settled.  And of course, in between all of these events, there were countless write ups on how many women were actually involved, how much Elin Woods was asking for her divorce settlement, arrangements regarding their kids. They were all basically speculations. Tiger Woods and Elin Woods basically remained silent and negotiated a settlement privately. I have to think that as a celebrity, this would be the way to go — keep yourselves out of the court system and away from the media.

And when Tiger Woods and Elin Woods are done with their negotiation, they released a statement that suggests that they remain level headed about their divorce, their future and the interest of their children: “We are sad that our marriage is over,” the statement read, “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.”

I am sure it costs quite a bit of lawyers fees and accountants fees to settle this divorce, but had they fought and prolonged their settlement, it would be even higher, because there is a lot of money involved here.

I sincerley hope that they will remain this way, because as we know, marriages may not last forever, but divorce will. And when there are children involved, your ex will be in your life for a long time. Many incidents will come in the years to come to test their will to remain amicable.

Martha ChanMartha Chan is the co-owner and V.P. Marketing of Divorce Marketing Group and Divorce Magazine. She is responsible for all online and offline initiatives of the company. She is married to Dan Couvrette and is a step mother of two sons. Connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. She can be reached at (866) 803-6667 ex. 36 or

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