On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Monday, July 2, 2012.
In news heard around the world, actress Katie Holmes filed for divorce from actor Tom Cruise. And while there is already a lot of speculation regarding why the couple may have divorced, it appears that Cruise may have quite the fight on his hands as Holmes wants primary child custody of their 6-year-old daughter Suri.
Holmes filed for divorce from her husband of five years on Thursday citing “irreconcilable differences.” According to sources, she is seeking sole custody and primary residential custody. There is no word yet on whether or not Cruise plans on fighting this request in court. All that is known is that this type of child custody agreement would be very different than the one he has with ex-wife Nicole Kidman where the couple agreed to joint custody.
According to Kidman, the two children currently live with Cruise at their own request.
When looking at possible reasons why Holmes would want full custody, some speculate that it may have something to do with Cruise’s well-known public devotion to the Church of Scientology. The thought it that if Holmes has full custody, she may have more influence over how the child is raised.
However, it should be noted that Scientology concerns are just speculation as Holmes also became a member of the church when she and Cruise married in 2006. This being said, it will be interesting to see if his religious affiliations end up being dragged into the courtroom against him.
What do you think? Should the religion of parents play a role in how a judge decides child custody matters?
Source: “Will Tom Cruise And Katie Holmes’ Divorce Be One of Hollywood’s Nastiest Custody Battles?” Diane Clehane