Tom Cruise 'deeply saddened' as Katie Holmes files for divorce and 'seeks sole custody of Suri'What does that mean? Did Katie file for divorce in order to save Suri from Scientology?
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, the Hollywood couple whose marriage never quite convinced the sceptics, are to divorce after five years.
Holmes, 33, filed for divorce in New York yesterday citing "irreconcilable differences", announcing the split via a statement to People magazine.
Cruise, 49, said he was “deeply saddened” by the news. The couple have a six-year-old daughter, Suri.
Holmes is asking for sole legal custody of Suri, according to the US website TMZ, setting up the couple for a high profile legal battle if Cruise chooses to contest her claim.
The pair signed a prenuptial agreement before their wedding in November 2006, which guarantees Holmes a yearly sum. However, legal experts said the actor could be prepared to give up a larger size of his £160 million fortune in return for Miss Holmes remaining silent about the details of their marriage. ...
Cruise is a Scientologist and in the run-up to the wedding a “Free Katie” campaign was started by opponents of the religion urging her not to marry him, with slogans including “Run, Katie, Run!” ...
Holmes’s lawyer, Jonathan Wolfe, said: “This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family. Katie’s primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest.”
Scientology is a wacky religion, but not a good reason for divorce. I wonder if she would be doing this if she had to accept joint (equally shared) child custody.
Most divorces are initiated by women. Katie got the fame, money, etc. If she can take the child also, then she does not need Tom anymore. This is the reality of modern marriage. Notice how this is reported as a unilateral and final decision by Katie, possibly without Tom knowing that it was coming. There is no indication that she has any interest in resolving their differences.
In other Hollywood celebrity news:
Alec Baldwin cursed out another photographer this morning, but this time, he may have had good reason.Baldwin wrote a book on the evils of the family court. Some people are going to hear these stories, and figure the family court was right to take his daughter away if he gets into fights with photographers. I disagree. A father should not be neutered in order to please some spineless judge or effeminate psychologist. He says:
The “30 Rock” actor unleashed on a photographer who was blocking the entrance to his apartment building, yelling, “I want you to shut the f**k up and get out of here. Leave my neighbor alone.” After a few more “shut ups,” he sneered at the photog, called him a “little girl,” and stormed off clutching a pink stuffed animal.
I believe that the default position of every family court in this country should be fifty-fifty physical custody of the couple's children. The only exceptions should be those commonly held objections that include spousal and/or child abuse, drug and/or alcohol abuse by a potential custodial parent, or a parent's inability to provide a home for children for any number of economic or emotional reasons. Any parent should be treated with an assumption of innocence when it comes to whatever "charges" they are facing from their ex-spouse and their attorneys. However, this is not the case in American family law. [p.60, In the Best Interests of the Child]Well said. Even if he were to get a misdemeanor conviction for punching out a photographer, it should be irrelevant to the family court.
Update: TMZ reports:
The final straw in Katie Holmes' decision to file for divorce was that she was convinced Tom Cruise was going to send 6-year-old Suri away to a hardcore Scientology organization known as Sea Organization ... sources connected with Katie tell TMZ.I do not personally approve of such indoctrination. I would not approve of sending the kid to a Jewish psychologist either. But it should not be grounds for sole custody of the kid.
Sea Org, as it is known, is where the highest levels of Scientology are taught and kids as young as five can be sent to live there ... without their parents -- and our sources say Tom is a big fan.
Our sources say Katie and Tom had been arguing over Suri's indoctrination into Scientology -- and we're told the Sea Org was the flashpoint.