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Elin Nordegren, Tiger Woods and the lawyering of independence [poll]

July 4, 2010 | 11:58 am

Elin-nordegren-and-tiger-wo It's Independence Day, and with Sandra Bullock's divorce done and gone, the most famous woman seeking her freedom these days is Elin Nordegren, Tiger Woods'  future ex-wife.

Lawyers and leakers have been hard at work on both sides. The current settlement floating for a trial-free divorce is $100 million -- that from a source TMZ says has direct knowledge of the terms of the divorce. The number is down from a $750 million guesstimate first floated by the Sun, and a $700 million possibility pondered by People.

What would Tiger get, in addition to the liberty that comes with having "cheating" turned back into "dating" or simply "booty calling"? A confidentiality clause, People and TMZ sources say, barring Elin from doing any post-divorce interviews or writing a tell-all book about their life together.

Elin Nordegren and other Swedish pop culture names According to People, Nordegren has been holding out on the confidentiality agreement as Woods offered increasingly large sums of money.

Another sticking point, reported by the Sun and People: "Elin does not want Tiger to have female friends around when he has the children," the source tells PEOPLE. "This is very important to her, and she will not give in to anything less." 

Lawyers are also reportedly still hashing out custody details, which get a bit more complex when dad's a globe-trotting U.S. golf superstar and mom's clan is centered in Sweden.

Elin Nordegren's far from the only Swedish name to hit America's pop-culture radar (Think, the late Stieg Larsson). Click the picture of her to the right (it's from 2003, when she and Tiger were just dating) to launch a gallery of pictures with a certain Swedish accent.

We have a nonscientific online poll about the settlement too -- just keep reading.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

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Photos: Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods, top, are driven back to the 18th green for the trophy presentation after Woods won the U.S. Open in a sudden death playoff at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif., on June 16, 2008. At right, Nordegren in November 2003. Credits: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times, top; Kim Ludbrook / EPA, right.