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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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91.

Faa59    

I'm happy Lamar is back in LA. He's a good Queens boy and he will be fine.

810 days ago
92.

Sloane    

wishing Katie all the luck in the world-she may need it
I can see him not being willing to give and inch on joint custody
partly because of his ego
and partly due to Scientology!
if Katie makes NYC her primary residence, raising Suri there would probably be better for her than in California
hope Katie is getting back in touch with all of her won friends before she marrie him
they, along with her family- will be a good source of strength and enouragement as she takes on what will probably be the fight of her life- with more at stake than ever before...the future of her child!
TEAM KATIE ALL THE WAY

810 days ago
93.

kevin    

East Coast advantage? No, she has the estrogen advantage. Domestic courts are an exercise in misandry

810 days ago
94.

BigFatLove    

It's gay massage time for Mr. Cruse.

810 days ago
95.

stargazer    

Tom never spends any time with Suri. When you see photos, it's always Katie. Since the day she had her, you see Katie with her. She doesn't have anyone else caring for her child, like other stars do, she takes care of her. From what I understand, Katie and Suri have been living in NYC for the last few years, not in CA so I really doubt Tom will be able to get it moved to CA, even with his Scientology connections.

810 days ago
96.

CloBird    

Suri is better off with Katie because of Tom's involvement in Scientology.

809 days ago
97.

LANZOH    

Here we go again, another Hollywood relationship/marriage gone sour, another innocent child smack in the middle of the custody war..SMH

809 days ago
98.

Tam123    

I KNEW IT!!! I have been saying for the last year or so that she has really been letting herself go. She stopped wearing makeup, she stopped doing anything with her hair, she let Suri get photographed holding a p*nis candy. It just seems like she was going out of her way to be everything Tom didnt want. She was waiting for her escape!

809 days ago
99.

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"Religion/ Scientology" === Resolve BEFORE Marriage/ Children
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--- Ya Thunk . . . . ??

809 days ago
100.

jase    

I've been in NYC family court as an attorney and she has already won because she is a women. They will have to wait a year for the final divorce and she won't get "half" automatically but the kid is her's game over.

808 days ago
101.

vek    

it's 'warring' not waring. Errors like this are distracting for your readers!

807 days ago
102.

FriendlyAtheist    

The only chance mom has to deny dad legal right to instill religious beliefs she doesn't agree with - is to keep it out of CA. Otherwise... he can force the child to participate with his religion until she is 12.

807 days ago
103.

GigiGigiK    

Hey Katie, get Suri baptized in the catholic Church with full anointing as quickly as possible. And take her to church and Sunday School immediately.

805 days ago
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