Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Divorce: 7 Developments So Far In Their Shocking Split

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Many questions and developments have come to light after A-list couple Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes announced their split on June 29.

Holmes, 33, filed for divorce from the 49-year-old Rock of Ages star in New York City this Friday after five-and-a-half years of marriage. Between their $275 million combined net worth and their lavish shared properties across the globe, the estranged couple -- and their lawyers -- have plenty to talk about before putting their fallen marriage behind them.

What was the cause of the split? Will Cruise or Holmes get custody of Suri Cruise?

Read on for new developments about their divorce.

1.) Holmes filed for sole custody of the couple's only child.

The Batman Begins actress is seeking primary custody of the couple's six-year-old daughter Suri, according to TMZ. Holmes cites the "irreconcilable differences" as the cause of split and is asking for "primary residential custody" of Suri.

2.) Filing for divorce in New York was a strategic move.

According to New York law, a judge has the discretion to consider causes for a marriage coming to an end, including disagreements over how to raise a child. A source close to the situation tells Radar Online that Holmes filed for the split -- and for Suri's sole custody -- in the Big Apple for that specific reason alone, saying, "Allegations of cheating or verbal/physical abuse are taken very seriously in New York and can be determining factors in custody and support issues."

3.) Cruise and Holmes were distant in the days leading up to the divorce -- literally.

While Holmes was in New York readying her divorce papers this week, Cruise was busy filming his latest movie, Oblivion, in Iceland. Celebuzz obtained photos of the actor -- taken this Wednesday -- sporting a silver space suit on the set of the new sci-fi flick.

4.) Holmes is entitled to a home and at least $15 million from Cruise.

According to the couple's pre-nuptial agreement, Holmes will receive $3 million for every year she was married to Cruise -- racking up to an approximate $15 million settlement. The actress, who wed Cruise in Italy on November 18, 2006, will also be given the couple's Montecito, Calif., mansion, Reuters reports.

5.) Religion may have played a role in the split.

"I don’t think you can discuss his relationships without questioning whether his utter devotion to the Church of Scientology has an impact on his relationships,” Rachel A. Sussman — the author of The Breakup Bible – told Celebuzz of the divorce. "When someone is super religious, it could cause discord in a marriage if the person you are married to does not share the same religious or philosophical devotion."

6.) Cruise is "saddened" by the divorce.

A rep for the actor confirmed the news of break-up to Celebuzz, saying, "Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children." Cruise has one child with Holmes and currently shares custody of daughter Isabella, 19, and son Connor, 17, with ex-wife Nicole Kidman.

7.) Their marriage didn't have a rocky start. In fact, Cruise and Holmes were "madly in love" from the beginning.

Celebrity photographer Robert Evans, who documented the former couple's nuptials at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy, told Celebuzz that Cruise and Holmes were "madly in love" at the Scientology wedding ceremony, adding, "I always want my wedding couples to live happily ever, after celebrity or not. I am always a bit saddened when I hear my couples have split up."

For more on Cruise and Holmes' multi-million divorce, check out Celebuzz's full coverage below.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Divorce: Celebuzz’s Complete Coverage

Breaking Down Tom and Katie’s $275 Million Battle

Tell Tale Signs The Split Was Looming

The Former Couple’s Shared Estates (PHOTOS)

Wedding Photographer Remembers Couple’s Italy Nuptials (EXCLUSIVE)

The Couple’s Relationship Timeline (PHOTOS)

10 Unforgettable Quotes About Their Relationship (PHOTO GALLERY)

Cruise Is ‘Saddened,’ Rep Says

Their Last Red Carpet Appearance (PHOTOS)

Cruise Was On Set In Iceland Days Before Announcement

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  • Sandy

    how wonderful and insightful of Katies parents to be a support for their daughter, to be able to pull Katie and Suri out of a religion that is more controlling than Catholic faith. For Katie to have the wisdom to pull out now prior to Suri getting controlled by Scientology seems to me to be a strong and healthy choice for her and Suri. Having supportive parents close who can advise their young daughter how to safely plan how to counter a controlling husband and controlling Scientology is a gift. I'm sorry for your experience Sue, however not all parents of faith are like your experience

  • sue

    This divorce seems to have been instigated by Katie Homes meddling and controlling Irish Catholic parents. I know for a fact how tight and enmeshed these families can be. I married into one, thank goodness I am out of it. I feel really bad for Tom.

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  • pjmfl

    It is very sad. But living in Clearwater,Fl., I can understand how Scientology can interfere with a marriage.

  • Sophia Sedona
    Sophia Sedona

    Saddness over the break up of two beautiful people who were obviously very much in love - perhaps they will reconcile, life is too short

  • Catherine MacWillie
    Catherine MacWillie

    Reading all of the articles commenting on Katie Holmes filing for sole custody and the comments regarding shared parenting, 50/50 custody etc. Normally I support/endorse shared parenting as a Divorce Coach as being in the best interest of the child absent any special circumstances to warrant a different decision. Issues such as alcohol/drug, criminal history etc. In this particular instance I support Katie Holmes filing for sole custody. Tom Cruise has already demonstrated with his divorce from Nicole Kidman that he will not support continued and frequent contact and emotional bonding between the children and the other parent. And because past behavior is the best indicator to future behavior, Holmes team of legal advisers and family members have rightly determined that she too would follow in the footsteps of Kidman if she did not file for sole custody. Now before any one stands up and screams another man hater, let me say that if the position was reversed and Katie Holmes had previously been married and her former spouse had little to no contact with the children, I would take the same position in support of Tom Cruise.

  • Esther Amenume
    Esther Amenume

    What a shock i never believe. Tom u re my best

  • Jordana

    I hope this young lady watches out for herself for the rest of her life. Scientology is a dangerous cult. Pray to Jesus to watch over Katie and the little one.

  • FanGirl

    Its so sad :( I hate divorce.

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  • Montana Emery
    Montana Emery

    Hopefully Suri can make it through what will no doubt be a difficult transaction ok. This kid is considered a hot commodity to the press, Its only going to get worse for her now. Poor kid... she is so young :(

  • cybersleuth

    Good for Kate. I wish her much success in her career and fun times with Suri in grade school. How exciting. I hope she enjoys herself in NYC.