Tom Cruise 'pleased' by quick divorce settlement with Katie Holmes
Tom Cruise was "really pleased" by his quick divorce settlement with Katie Holmes, the actor's longtime attorney said.
Bert Fields, who represented the "Mission: Impossible" star along with attorney Dennis Wasser, made the remarks after the settlement was announced Monday, 11 days after Holmes took the industry and her husband by surprise by filing divorce papers in Manhattan. The settlement was hammered out over the weekend in New York.
"Tom is really pleased we got there, and so am I," Fields said in a statement.
With a prenuptial agreement governing the distribution of assets, talks between lawyers for Cruise and Holmes, who was raised Roman Catholic, centered on the role of Scientology in the upbringing of their 6-year-old daughter, Suri, according to the source who was familiar with the negotiations but not authorized to discuss them publicly.
The confidential agreement provides Cruise with visitation rights but gives Holmes the lead role in choosing how Suri will be educated, the source said Monday.
Cruise and Holmes appeared to refer to the religious component of their split in a joint statement: "We want to keep matters affecting our family private and express our respect for each other's commitment to each of our respective beliefs and support each other's roles as parents," they said.
An attorney for Holmes — who hired three law firms with experience handling high-profile breakups and also relied on her father, Martin, a Toledo attorney who lists family law among his specialties — also commented on the settlement on Monday.
"The case has been settled and the agreement has been signed," Jonathan Wolfe said. "We are thrilled for Katie and her family and are excited to watch as she embarks on the next chapter of her life."
Holmes and Cruise married in 2006. It was his third marriage and her first.
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Photo: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes in February. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press