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Tiger Lawyers Up with International Custody Guru

5/10/2010 4:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned Tiger Woods has hired a key player in his divorce from Elin Nordegren -- attorney Thomas Sasser from West Palm Beach, Florida.

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We're told the high-profile, 39-year-old Sasser is an expert in enforcing international child custody agreements -- and sources say the custody agreement is going to be a central issue in Tiger and Elin's divorce. 

Sources say Tiger and Elin are trying to work out an arrangement where Elin can take the two kids with her to Sweden, but Tiger will have either custody or visitation rights as well.

Our sources say other lawyers and business people are on Tiger's team -- especially for property settlement issues -- but Sasser is the key man in handling what could become a sticky issue -- child custody.

The goal is for Sasser and lawyers from Elin's team to work out an agreement before divorce papers are filed.

Sasser represented NASCAR star Jeff Gordon in his divorce back in 2003. In that case, the settlement agreement was not reported to the court.

TMZ spoke with Sasser who would neither confirm nor deny if he is representing Tiger. Don't expect Sasser to say much -- he once wrote an article called "Protecting Your Client's Privacy in an Age of Public Information."


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61.

WHATEVER    

THAT JACK-ASS DOES NOT DESERVE ANYTHING. IF HE CARED ABOUT HIS KIDS HE WOULD HAVE TREATED THEIR MOTHER A HELL OF A LOT BETTER. GUYS LIKE THAT SHOULD GET ZERO VISITATION.

1566 days ago
62.

WHATEVER    

THE LAWYER LOOKS LIKE A COLD FISH. WHAT AN INSECT, WHEW !
HE AND TIGER WOULD MAKE A GREAT PAIR OF, NOT SURE WHAT...BUT BOTH ARE SKIN-CRAWLING ICKY.

1566 days ago
63.

WHATEVER    

TIGER;
" NOW THAT I HAVE TOTALLY F-ED UP MY EX'S LIFE AND HUMILIATED HER FOR NO GOOD REASON...I ALSO WANT TO MESS WITH HER OVER CUSTODY"
LAWYER;
"SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN AND I CAN SMELL MY PAY ALLREADY"
BOTH;
"LET'S GO PICK ON HER...SHE HAS NOT BEEN PUT THROUGH ENOUGH CRAP YET".
TIGER;
"I'M A JACK-ASS"
LAWYER;
"SO AM I"



1566 days ago
64.

Janet    

Tiger, Tiger, Tiger. YOU GAVE UP YOUR RIGHTS WITH ELIN AND YOUR KIDS THE MOMENT YOU STEPPED OUT OF YOUR MARRIAGE.



YOU DESERVE NOTHING. ~ DO THE KIDS REALLY NEED TO SEE YOU HAVING SEX WITH SEVERAL HUNDRED WHITE WOMEN ON YOUR WATCH?

1566 days ago
65.

Paris    

Tiger is a loser that's what he get for f-ing that white trash.

1566 days ago
66.

Yumyum    

Yeah, he deserves his kids. I mean, they were such a PRIORITY to him. Instead of being with them, he was out screwing around. Instead of playing with his kids, he was playing with women and then coming home and exposing his wife to the risk of VD. He's quite the guy. When you cheat on your wife, you cheat on your kids. He didn't give a crap what they'd read about him one day either. He deserves NOTHING.

1566 days ago
67.

andrea    

Anon, you are either very bigoted or very stupid - I don't know which. Elin is a loving Mother and would never leave her babies if she remarries - which I might add is NONE OF OUR BUSINESS. This is between Elin and Tiger and I am sure both sets of attorneys would love to have the advice of all who have commented here - that is a joke, Anon. Fortunately neither Elin or Tiger will have to hear the advice that was written here - and also fortunately they will have the expertise of a team of attorneys that have law degrees. Obviously they are all experts in their field. Maybe we should let them handle it.

1566 days ago
68.

John    

I don't feel sorry at all for his wife. She's basically a glorified maid who married a millionaire, she can go back to cleaning toilets for all I care.

1566 days ago
69.

DAT MAN    

anon, you should crawl back under the rock you came from you RACIST BIGOT!!!

1566 days ago
70.

Sonja    

Wow you people are insane. Thank God in this country it takes more than infidelity and a few fanatical internet posters to determine if you are a good parent. As if no abusive, molester parent ever stayed married? Please. Unless Tiger was beating his kids he will get joint/shared custody as he should. Amazing how people are so quick to lay judgment on others based on something that is none of their business. I'm sure Tiger's kids will forever be thankful that the haters on TMZ have nothing to do with their fathers desire and ability to be involved in their lives.

1566 days ago
71.

Shutupanddrive    

To whomever said, "This is their home", wrong. These kids won't be able to go anywhere or do anything because of their skanky dad. They'd have paps around them all the time. They'd have to go to school and listen to the kids tell them what their father did. I'm with Elin. Get them as far away from here as possible and he doesn't deserve to be in the kid's lives. He gave that up when he spanked whore #5.

1566 days ago
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1566 days ago
73.

Redskye    

One nasty divorce!This is bigger than the "McCourts Divorce Case."The attorneys are getting rich, rich, rich!!!!!

1566 days ago
74.

george fudge!    

Tiger probably doesn't even know his kid's nic-names, first words, or birthdays. They probably think he's a babysitter. So it should be a no-brainer that she gets the kids and he can visit, after missed cuts or withdrawing from tournaments with fake injuries.

1566 days ago
75.

Quiet    

tiger cant buy elin to stay? 10 million to Rachel must have been the icing on the cake for Elin.

1566 days ago
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