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Posted at 4:03 PM ET, 08/23/2010

Divorce of Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren is now final, but can they really move on?

By Jen Chaney

Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods, in happier times. (AP)

It's official: Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren are now divorced. The papers were finalized today in Bay County Circuit Court in Florida, but no settlement terms were divulged.

"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," the former couple said in a joint statement.

It's tempting to say the mess of the divorce is now behind them. But it probably won't be for a little while. More details -- including that settlement amount -- will undoubtedly be dredged up in the coming days. (TMZ's already released the court papers, in handy, easy-to-print PDF form.) But Woods and Nordegren are at least a little closer to being able to move on.

The question is: Can they? Can Nordegren live a quiet life out of the spotlight after being the wronged wife in one of the most explosive celebrity divorces in recent memory? And can Woods fully restore his tarnished reputation, something he hasn't successfully done despite his very public attempt at an apology? You tell us.

By Jen Chaney  | August 23, 2010; 4:03 PM ET
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"Divorce of Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren is now final, but can they really move on?" -- Not if we keep talking about it, they can't. (Kinda.)

At this point, does anyone really want or expect any (more) apologies from Tiger? While I am hardly condoning his increasing number of extramarital liaisons (the man needs a McDonald's sign at this point to list how many served), I expect he is sufficiently embarassed by now thanks to the public outcry and attention.

Just seems that berating him (further) is akin to beating a dead hor--, er, Tiger, no? ("Bad Tiger! Bad, bad bad! Go to your room -- no, I said to YOUR room! Nice try, Mister -- This. Instant!")

Let's all move on to more pressing issues, shall we? Return to the latest on LiLo's jail sentence, why people think naked magazine covers still a viable PR tactic in this day and age, and whether or not Piers Morgan will get that work visa to replace Larry King as the CNN Crypt Keeper. Discuss.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | August 23, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Tiger should have used PrivateBryan. It would have saved his marriage and saved him a bazillion dollars!

Posted by: billyrubinn | August 23, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Here's all I know. Tiger was a great golfer. Tiger got married and was suddenly not such a great golfer. Then Tiger got better, apparently during the time he was with his mistresses. Then Tiger gets caught and look at what has happened to his game as of late. I say we should rejoice that this divorce will meant eh return of the Tiger we all know and love.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | August 23, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

As far as I can tell, Elin has kept totally silent about this whole thing. That's pretty classy behavior from someone who, if she had wanted to, could easily have exploited her position as the wronged wife. She's done a good job of protecting her (and the kids') privacy so far, I don't think she'll have any trouble moving on.

Posted by: themegnapkin | August 23, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Elin will have no trouble moving on because she is still young and a classy woman. Plus, money may not buy happiness, but it sure can help heal the pain.

Posted by: mselmo32 | August 24, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Maximus, you Dorkus, Tiger was married for six years, and won six Majors during that time---including the Open on a broken leg! How's that "not such a great golfer" during his marriage? I agree that he'll recover his game soon, but only because all this will finally be behind him. Honestly, who can win tournaments when in the middle of divorce negotiations? You'd have to be figuring that anything you win will only go to the aggrieved spouse.

Posted by: chantooz | August 24, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

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