Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise on Thursday, surprising many people, including Tom Cruise, according to sources close to the couple. Holmes filed in New York and is also seeking full legal custody of their 6-year-old daughter, Suri.
When TMZ broke the story, it was reported that the Church of Scientology was a big reason that Holmes filed for divorce. She allegedly did not follow the religion as closely as Cruise does.
It is also rumored that she is seeking full custody of their daughter because of the church’s view on medical decisions. In order to receive full custody, Holmes will have to have ‘extensive’ proof that Cruise is not a fit parent.
Most courts want both parents to have partial custody of their children if they are considered fit parents, as that is the best interest of the child. However, officials have stated that courts in New York are more likely to give full custody than California courts, which may be why Holmes chose to file in Manhattan.