Breaking: Erica Stoll's Deadline Fiasco in Rory McIlroy's Divorce Legalities

Stoll and Rory McIlroy were married for seven years and have one child

by Sead Dedovic
Breaking: Erica Stoll's Deadline Fiasco in Rory McIlroy's Divorce Legalities
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Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll's divorce has attracted significant interest for several weeks now. The Northern Irishman filed for divorce over 20 days ago. Stoll and Rory McIlroy were married for seven years and have one child. The marriage situation evidently became chaotic, as Stoll and Rory could no longer live together. 

Stoll received divorce papers from a police officer, who stated that she had the right to respond. However, according to Daily Mail headlines, Erica missed the deadline on Sunday. The former Manager of the Championship Volunteer Operations may face significant problems, as the 35-year-old golfer has demanded shared custody of their three-year-old daughter, and also asked a judge to enforce the prenup they signed.

Erica Stoll had a deadline of twenty days to respond, but evidently there were some obstacles in everything. She has not openly discussed their relationship or the reasons that led to the divorce from the beginning. Stoll has been refusing to speak about everything that preceded this divorce for almost a month now. Also, her now-former husband did not want to talk about the divorce, focusing instead on golf tournaments and events coming up in the next few days.

Erica received divorce papers from a police officer named Carl Woods. He immediately informed Stoll about the most important thing: she had a deadline of twenty days to respond and send her reply. This was the only way for the court to hear her side of the story. The police officer also warned her that if her response was not on time, it could mean she might lose the case, property, which is definitely the last thing Stoll wants. Judging by everything, however, Stoll did not send a response, so everything mentioned above could be awaiting her.

"You have 20 calendar days after this summons is served on you to file a written response to the attached petition with the clerk of this circuit court," Woods said.

"A phone call will not protect you. Your written response including the case number given above and the names of the parties, must be filed if you want the Court to hear your side of the case. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case, and your wages, money and property may thereafter be taken without further warning from the court."

Erica Stoll
Erica Stoll© Andrew Redington/Getty Images Sport

McIlroy's manager immediately emphasized the importance of respecting McIlroy's privacy upon confirmation that McIlroy had filed for divorce. Sean O'Flaherty confirmed that the Northern Irishman has no intention of making any comments regarding his marriage.

"Rory McIlroy's communications team confirmed today that a divorce has been filed. They stressed Rory's desire to ensure this difficult time is as respectful and amicable as possible. He will not be making any further comment."-O'Flaherty said in the statement.

Erica Stoll and Rory McIlroy: How they met?

Let's remind ourselves, Rory McIlroy and Erica met back in 2012 during the Ryder Cup, when Erica helped McIlroy to make his tee time because the 35-year-old overslept. Although McIlroy was in a relationship with Caroline Wozniacki, they remained friends until 2014 when they started dating. 

They were one of the well-known couples in the world of sports for years, given Rory's prestige and name in the world of golf. 

McIlroy proposed to her in 2015 in Paris, expressing his desire to spend his whole life with her. 

Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll
Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll© Andrew Redington/Getty Images Sport

The Northern Irishman has emphasized many times that Erica is his enormous support in his career, stressing that he has no intention of exposing her too much to the media or talking about her. In his words, one could sense his love for his wife, and at that time, he also wanted his privacy to be respected.

This popular couple got married in 2017, and three years later, they welcomed their daughter, a little girl named Poppy Kennedy McIlroy. The Northern Irishman has spoken about feeling great in his role as a father, stressing that it's a special feeling that is hard to describe. 

Not much has been written about his wife, nor was anything particularly known about their private life. Stoll has aimed to be mysterious for years, enjoying her role as a mother. Judging by the photos from McIlroy's performances, this couple appeared happy and fulfilled. However, private life is something entirely different, and it raises questions about what problems existed between them. 

This case has attracted massive attention, given that Rory McIlroy is one of the intriguing names in the world of golf, along with Tiger Woods. We'll see whether the 35-year-old golfer and his former wife will publicly reveal any details in the coming months or whether they will continue to strive to keep things between them. Regardless of their decision, it's important to respect their choices.

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