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