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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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Mikey    

Looks like someone finally pulled the Matrix Plug outta Katie's head. Welcome back to reality.

853 days ago
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Stiletto    

You should at LEAST have given a nod to the woman on the phone who told you this...you were clueless until that moment,

853 days ago
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Dobby    

Even if Tom wanted out, he couldn't get out. Maybe this is one of those deals where they have to look like they're fighting about it, but really aren't for the sake of Suri. Kind of sad if that's the case. How do you ever unbrainwash someone?

853 days ago
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lmfao    

No pity for you Katie, you knew what you were getting into.

853 days ago
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Dobby    

And Tom, when are you going to realize that **church** is making you look like a fool, and probably has ruined at least 2 of your marriages? Isn't your happiness worth something? Now you could lose your daughter. Get out, the whole world isn't dumber than you are.

853 days ago
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CN    

Katie and Suri have been living in NYC about two years now. Wonder if this is something she started setting up back then, so it would make sense for her to file in NY instead of CA. Her father, the divorce lawyer, would know about tips like this.

If so, I'm sorry she's been miserable for the last few years. We all make mistakes when we're young. Once she had a child, *everything* changed.

853 days ago
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bolu10    

He made it with just under 10 years with Nicole Kidman..when he filed for divorce, and now just short of 10 years with Katie?? Maybe he let her file this time? Well, it will be nice to see her smile again, the women that he has been married to just don't seem happy.. Robotic like after the press is done with the engagement's..

853 days ago
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happyday    

I don't see him being okay with no legal control over Suri or her not being fully involved in Scientology. This is going to be ugly. I hope Katie is strong enough to stand up to him AND the "church." It's too bad she didn't realize what she was getting into when she married him and had a kid with him, but she was pretty young, inexperienced and swept up in a whirlwind romance with a mega star who probably charmed the pants off of her. (pun intended.) When his true colors began to show, she had to plan an escape. Hopefully her father is good enough to get her and Suri out of that cult for good.

853 days ago
9.

Debz    

It was only a matter of time

853 days ago
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SPELLCHECKER    

WARING IS A BLENDER!

853 days ago
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TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

If mediocre unknown actress Katie was against Scientology and so worried about Suri being taught Tom's fruit loop religion then why did she marry a closeted gay man and have his child to begin with? Oh, wait, I almost for got...His BIG Bank account.

853 days ago
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CN    

As for Scientology having the goods on Katie from her "monitoring" sessions and using that info against her, Scientology could lie and claim I had gone on a cross-country spree killing puppies with a dull ax, in between robbing banks and making love to my same sex cousin, fueled only by our homemade moonshine. Whatever. I don't care what you "reveal" about me. JUST LET ME OUT.

853 days ago
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No comment    

Another website had a photo of him holding hands with another women, and not during a movie scene.

Of course Katie wants sole custody, she saw how he turned his older kids against Nicole.

853 days ago
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sparced    

Good luck on saving the child from all the brainwashing.....

853 days ago
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Beach Rose    

Looks like Tom's Beard got shaved...and by the way, TMZ, it's "warring" parents, not "waring" parents. They are not blenders!

853 days ago
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