You spent your days playing golf when you met your wife, and now she is claiming you never had time for her and has filed for divorce. It’s not as if you’ve changed, golf is what you do, and always has been. It’s how you have the house you do, how she has the car she has and how you paid for all those holidays.
What makes it worse is she wants custody of the kids. She is claiming you are never home, but what are you supposed to do? You won’t win many tournaments if you never leave Florida; travel is part of your job.
Divorce is all too common among professional athletes. You have to be single-minded to achieve sporting success. Add in the constant travel, the constant suspicion you are sleeping with fans and the constant intrusion of the press; it’s no wonder so many athletes get divorced.
If you get divorced in a Florida court, the judge can divide your property in a way they deem fair. They call it “equitable distribution.” Their definition of fair may be very different from yours. Your wife may also claim spousal support.
Negotiating property and child custody with your wife may work out better for you than leaving it to a judge to decide. You need an attorney who understands the unique situation of professional athletes like yourself — an attorney who can negotiate the complicated waters of a high net worth divorce. The sooner you sort your personal life out, the sooner you can concentrate on getting back to the top of your game.