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Katie Holmes

Has East Coast Advantage

In Custody War with Tom

6/29/2012 4:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Katie Holmes had a VERY good reason for filing for divorce from Tom Cruise in New York ... because unlike California ... NY is a state that doesn't like giving waring parents joint power to make decisions for their kid.

As TMZ first reported, Katie filed the papers in New York ... and we know she's gunning for sole legal custody of 6-year-old Suri primarily because she doesn't want Tom to drag their daughter into the Church of Scientology.

Despite the fact Tom and Katie filed their marriage certificate in California, Katie went all the way to the East Coast to file the divorce docs because she knows she has a MUCH better chance of getting sole legal custody there ...  New York family law judges typically don't like giving two parents who don't get along the power to make child-rearing decisions because they believe the kids will suffer from endless conflicts.

But ... our sources say Tom may mount a fight to bring the case to California ... which favors joint legal custody.

Stay tuned.

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16.

parlayer    

Keep yourself and child, out of this weird state of calif. full of Illegals, gays, bums, crips bloods, and bitches, Hollywood phonies and then there's us guys that pay the taxes. odds arn't that good for you.

823 days ago
17.

Tammy    

CA is screwy because one parent should always have full legal custody. One parent wants the child to go to school X and the other parent wants school Y. In joint legal custody, they have to go to mediation and, if that fails, court to settle it and that can takes years. What school does the child go to while all this mediation and trial is going on?

823 days ago
18.

Lillianne    

Ever since I saw pictures (on TMZ or somewhere) of a pregnant Katie Holmes shopping at Barney's of New York -- with bodyguards -- I have not felt sorry for her. This is a self-important person who doesn't have the same type of worries as a lot of other people. Is this really all new to her about the Scientology stuff? Now she's scared for her daughter so she's getting out of the marriage? It's called getting to know someone before marrying them ... but I think Katie may have been in too much of a rush to marry an A-lister to bother getting to know him/his religion and it's possible effect on their kid.

823 days ago
19.

DaveT    

Sounds like New York is full of idiots in law and in the courts.
Who in the world wouldn't favor joint custody?
What idiocy.
Just curious...which political party dominates New York?

823 days ago
20.

DaveT    

Hint: same party that dominates California, making it a very interesting claim that New York and California have such completely different approaches to family law.

823 days ago
21.

KardASSian Butt    

Go Katie! She should not get a divorce here in LA. The CO$ is allover this town.

823 days ago
22.

Truth    

HER DAD MARTIN HOLMES SR. IS A LAWYER SPECIALIZING IN GUESS WHAT, DIVORCES!! APPEARS DADDY HAS BEEN GIVING HER SMART ADVICE IN GETTING OUT OF THIS WACKED UP RELIGION AND FAKE ASS MARRIAGE. #TRUTH!!

823 days ago
23.

Anonymous    

"Katie Holmes Has East Coast Advantage In Custody War with Tom".

I this case I agree, but she has the boobie advantage, which is worth a lot more. Men historically are screwed in custody cases, although I do agree with her reasoning against Scientology, and would give her Suri.

823 days ago
24.

Karen    

Good Strategic MOVE filing in New York! That was sound advice from her attorney!

823 days ago
25.

Rich     

It is like these fools don't know that marriage is like a movie. It is all Impressionisn... Fact, take the make up and faked plastic surgery away...they are just common folks as far as looks. Now the Drs change their boobs, butts, nose, ears, chins, eyes, and everything else. It is all fake and still those who ENGAGE in this lie still get caught up in it!!!

823 days ago
26.

****    

Katie better be careful or she could wind up "missing" like the wife of Tom's best friend., David Miscavige , Scientology leader.

http://blackupwwp.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=general&action=print&thread=114

823 days ago
27.

Jordan    

If Tom and Katie got married in California had a prenup in california has residency in california than why does family court in NY want to get involved?

823 days ago
28.

Jordan    

Who Made Katie Holms into a celebrity Tom or Suri?

823 days ago
29.

Quinn    

Tom is saving the world with Rock of Ages? Poor Poor Suri.

823 days ago
30.

Lily Daisy    

Scientology, I believe was also the reason Nicole left him....this must be some kind of religion. To play devil's advocate, however, Katie knew Tom was deep into this religion and would want his children to be brought up in the philosophy of Scientology. Whatever the outcome, its a real sad day for their little girl. She'll now be without her father full time and she has no sibling close in age to share her grief with...

823 days ago
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