It was shaping up to be one of the nastiest divorce battles in recent times, but just like that, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes reached a settlement. And, one the most surprising elements, was that Holmes gets primary custody, with Cruise getting “generous” visitation rights.
Holmes’s attorney Jonathan Wolfe confirmed the deal today, in what almost appeared to be a press release for Holmes, Cruise and their respective legal teams.
“The case has been settled and the agreement has been signed. We are thrilled for Katie and her family and are excited to watch as she embarks on the next chapter of her life,” Wolfe said in the statement released to PEOPLE mag.
“This result could not have been achieved without the hard work of my partner Gary Skoloff and our co-counsel Allan Mayefsky, Michael Mosberg and Larry Trachtenberg of Aronson Mayefsky and Sloan and Peter Walzer and Chris Melcher of Walzer & Melcher in California.
“We thank Tom’s counsel for their professionalism and diligence that helped bring about this speedy resolution.”
There was no immediate word on the details, but Holmes and Cruise were reunited once last time on paper, saying that their focus was on protecting daughter Suri, 6.
“We are committed to working together as parents to accomplish what is in our daughter Suri’s best interests. We want to keep matters affecting our family private and express our respect for each other’s commitment to each of our respective beliefs and support each other’s roles as parents,” says the statement from Holmes and Cruise’s reps, Nanci Ryder and Amanda Lundberg respectively.
Holmes, 33, and Suri will reside in New York, and even Cruise’s lawyer chimed in on the love fest telling TMZ, “The Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes case has been settled with a signed agreement. Tom is really pleased we got there, and so am I.”
We have numerous questions, but our primary one is, why would Cruise not fight for joint custody? Seems extraordinary strange that he didn’t….unless, you factor in that perhaps Holmes had dirt on him that she was willing to dish?
And as for the haste in the settlement, one can only assume that given the tsunami of bad press Scientology has received since the initial divorce was made public, perhaps Cruise was under pressure from the church to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
What are your thoughts on the matter?