So much for this split not becoming 'contentious!'
Katie Holmes made the very deliberate decision to file for divorce from her husband, Tom Cruise, in New York, as she's seeking sole custody of daughter Suri and the law there allows the judge to consider causes for a marriage coming to an end, like disagreements on how to raise a child, which we all know is a factor in this split!
However, don't expect Tommy to lie down without a fight, as sources close to the actor are revealing that he's planning on doing everything he can to ensure the legal proceedings are in California, a no-fault state!
The insider reveals:
"[Tom] will file a response in New York, asking that the divorce proceedings be halted in the Big Apple because California is the proper venue for the matter to proceed. Team Cruise is going to assert that Katie doesn't meet the residency requirements to file in New York, and that both live full time in California, specifically Los Angeles. At the same time, Tom will file for divorce in California, and will request joint custody of Suri. There is absolutely no way that he is going let Katie have sole custody. The lines are being drawn, and this is going shape up to be a very contentious custody battle. [His lawyers] will state in their response to Katie's divorce petition in New York that she didn't reside continuously in New York for a year, as the law states. Yes, they do have a home in New York, but Tom will argue that Los Angeles is where they live, period."
It will be VERY inneresting to see if his claims here have any merit, and if the judge in New York will allow the proceedings to continue across the country!
We have a feeling this is going to be one SERIOUSLY complex divorce, and just hope that both Tom and Katy can keep little Suri's best interest at heart here while they continue working this whole mess out!
What do U think?? Should Katie get to file in New York?
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