Tom Cruise's Lawyer: We Hope Katie Holmes' Divorce Is Not 'Contentious'

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Tom Cruise's long-time and powerful attorney Bert Fields has declared the Hollywood star wants a peaceful divorce from Katie Holmes who filed papers to end their five-and-a-half year marriage on Friday -- while her husband was on the set of a film in Iceland.

“I would hope that it’s not a contentious matter," Fields told the Los Angeles Times.

"I know Tom is not a particularly contentious person."

While Holmes, 33, engaged two lawyers -- New York lawyer Allan E. Mayefsky and New Jersey divorce lawyer Jonathan Wolfe -- to represent her in the shock split, believed to be worth up to $275 million, Fields said Cruise, 49, had yet to marshall his own legal team.

“We’re thinking about who to use,” said Fields. “We have to discuss strategy.”

As Celebuzz reported, Holmes' request for a divorce in a New York court caught Cruise off guard.

While Holmes' rep said the split was "a personal and private matter for Katie and her family,” Mission Impossible star Cruise said he was "deeply saddened" as a result of his wife's decision, according to his publicist.

Fields said the actor’s representatives were informed “by mail and fax” of the initiation of divorce proceedings.

Cruise and Holmes began dating in 2005 and married in 2006; they have one child together, six-year-old Suri, who Holmes is seeking sole custody of.

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  • 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.

  • Anonymous

    Go for half Katie.