Katie Holmes is not messing around. She continues to enhance her divorce strategy with the hiring of an extremely reputable legal team and her decision to file in New York. On Friday it was announced that she was filing for divorce from her husband of five years, Tom Cruise. Even though she signed a prenup that would ensure her $3 million for each year they were married, that’s $15 million for the entire five years, Katie is not joking around when it comes to her legal team getting her everything she wants, including sole custody of their daughter, Suri.
According to the LA Times Holmes, 33, has retained two prominent law firms that specialize in wealthy breakups. New York lawyer Allan E. Mayefsky has been involved in a number of acrimonious and headline-grabbing splits, including the divorces of model Christie Brinkley, TV anchor Joan Lunden, and a Manhattan financier who was ordered to pay his ex-wife $44 million. Katie has also hired a New Jersey divorce lawyer, Jonathan Wolfe, whose website boasts of his prowess in “complex matrimonial matters” involving “leaders or the spouses of leaders” in business, entertainment and sports. He has written extensively about prenuptial agreements and ways to recover hidden assets in divorce proceedings.
Katie was also very smart to file for divorce in New York even though the couple’s main residence in in California if she wants to win full custody. According to People, Katie and her daughter have moved out of the apartment they shared with Cruse to a new Manhattan residence. In the state of New York, family law judges tend to avoid giving equal parenting decision-making power to two parents whose relationship has grown contentious. The consensus on why she wants sole legal custody is that she doesn’t want Suri entering the church of Scientology. Sole legal custody grants the guardian decision-making privileges on matters such as the child’s religious upbringing.
Filing in New York also will give her more privacy. ”My guess is that she brought it in New York because files are sealed,” said Manhattan attorney Raoul Felder, a veteran of high-profile divorce cases. “If it was in California, it’s all public and you can walk into the clerk’s office and get the papers.”
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