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EXCLUSIVE: Tiger Woods & Wife: Battle Over Kids Brewing

Apr. 16 2010, Published 2:49 p.m. ET

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A battle over the children is brewing between Tiger Woods and his wife.

The struggling couple has been leading separate lives and attempts to repair the marriage are not going well. As reported exclusively, Elin was visited last week by a divorce lawyer she hired.

A big issue that now looms between Tiger and Elin is their children and they are already at odds. Elin plans to spend more time in her native Sweden and of course expects the children to be with her.

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But Tiger does not want to go long periods without seeing his children – regardless of the status of his marriage.

“There’s conflict between Tiger and Elin,” a source told “And Elin doesn’t just give in and do what Tiger wants. She’s become very independent.”

That independence has led to Elin taking three trips without Tiger in recent weeks, with a four trip soon to follow.

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And Tiger and Elin have already started sharing custody. He took the children on vacation this week, with Elin flying to Arizona by herself. When Elin traveled to South Florida for the Sony tennis tournament, she took one child and left one home with Tiger.

But Elin is going to want to take the children to Sweden with her, the source tells And that’s where the custody battle will get heated.

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During his golf comeback press conference, Tiger expressed how much he missed his children while in rehab and lamented missing his son’s first birthday. He seemed fiercely determined not to miss out of his children’s lives.

“Whatever anyone thinks of Tiger, he loves his children,” the source said. “You can’t criticize him as a parent at all.”

Custody, more than money, is likely to be the most discussed issue if a Tiger-Elin divorce occurs, learned.

“Things have changed between Tiger and Elin. She has shown a lot of independence,” the source said. “She has gotten a lot tougher. But they both love their children.”



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