Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes settled divorce negotiations in record time, especially by Hollywood standards.Instead of turning it into a drawn out drama, the former couple signed their settlement less than two weeks after Holmes “blindsided” Cruise by filing divorce papers.
And the speedy process reportedly all boiled down to one thing: the couple’s six-year-old daughter, Suri.
As reported by TMZ, according to their sources, “What turned everything around was a series of conversations that Suri would be irreparably damaged by parental warfare. It registered big time with both Tom and Katie, and it allowed their lawyers to strike a deal in what could be record time for this type of divorce.”
And People magazine, the publication that initially broke the story of the split, is reporting that “The terms of physical custody of the 6-year-old was a key element of the settlement.”
According to one People source, “They both love their daughter, and Tom thinks she should be with her mother.” The source continued that Cruise “didn’t want his family dragged through the mud,” and “Neither one of them wanted this to be hashed out in public.”
And now Suri, who was previously home-schooled by tutors, will be enrolled in a Manhattan private school in the fall, according to one People report.
Holmes recently purchased an apartment in the Chelsea neighbourhood of New York City, where she will live with her daughter, while Cruise will reportedly still get “generous visitation” time, according to Celebuzz.
And according to TMZ, here’s what the parents can and cannot do with their daughter when they are the primary parent:
- Katie will have what amounts to primary physical custody, but Tom has significant custodial time with his daughter.
- A report claiming that Suri must be in the presence of Katie’s bodyguard and nanny when she is around Tom is “absolutely, 100% false.”
- The custodial provisions of the agreement are extremely detailed, and religion is one of the topics. We’re told there are restrictions on what Tom and Katie can discuss with Suri on the subject of religion, including Scientology, however, those restrictions are eased the older Suri gets.
TMZ’s sources claim the agreement is “extremely detailed” and will set the parental precedent for years to come.
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