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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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61.

abby    

Hope that Katie gets sole custody. As I understand it, she has had Scientology monitors with her constantly 24/7 from the very beginning. I would like to see Kati and Suri break free from Scientology's grasp.

760 days ago
62.

billy cema    

At some point in her life, Suri will have to know who her real daddy, is. It's only fair; because then she can accept the truth of how she was used to help Tom's career.

760 days ago
63.

akire    

is it really necessary to have like a million articles just in one day about this divorce?!

760 days ago
64.

Kàt    

Finally she has grown as a woman who will be able to think for herself. (providing she leaves the scientology behind.)
Spread your wings and fly girl
Free at last
free at last

760 days ago
65.

Kardashian Ass    

Family Court in NY has no jurisdiction over divorce. It would be NYS Supreme Court.

760 days ago
66.

Anon    

Hi Katie, Give me a call and we can compare notes!

Best,

Nicole

760 days ago
67.

BigFatLove    

Look out for the new rumors on Mr. Cruse....Gay massage ones that is!

760 days ago
68.

BigFatLove    

Get ready for the gay massage rumors to start coming out on Mr.Cruse now...LMAO!

760 days ago
69.

Raejean    

What are "waring" parents? Did they jump in a blender?

760 days ago
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Kardashian Ass    

NY courts do not favor joint custody, but rather sole custody in one parent with liberal visitation to the other. The top priority is the best interests of the child.

760 days ago
71.

Kardashian Ass    

They were in a country called "Iceland"?

760 days ago
72.

Jan    

Tom should only date women that are already into Scientology instead of trying to force his wives into it. I am glad she has the guts to file in NYC. Katie's father has been an attorney in Toledo, OH for 40+ years. If Katie had told Tom before she filed, would the Scientology church have locked her up in that steam and starve room?

760 days ago
73.

scoopie    

Good for her. Scientology is a cult and the kid would be miserable chanting "engram, engram" all day.

760 days ago
74.

Joao    

Hell, Tom Cruise knows that the California Celebrity Courts will hook him up. While New York is a California Celebrity Court Consortium (CCCC) affiliate the rules and players are an east coast brand of unconscionable shadiness and profiteering than the fatherland.

760 days ago
75.

flora68    

"NY is a state that doesn't like giving waring parents joint power to make decisions for their kid."

Waring parents? As in Waring Blenders? You need a proofreader.

760 days ago
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