Hollywood superstars Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have announced their divorce after five years of marriage. The couple began dating in 2005 and married a year later at a castle in Italy. It is the first marriage of 33-year-old Holmes and the third for 50-year-old Cruise. They have a six-year-old daughter named Suri. Cruise has been married twice before, to actresses Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman. He has two adopted children with Kidman, Isabella Jane and Conner Anthony.
Just weeks after Holmes filed the divorce papers in New York, where the couple has a home, the couple reached a private settlement. A source close to the couple said that the settlement was reached quickly largely because of a prenuptial agreement that settled the division of property. The settlement focused on child custody and visitation – and allegedly gives Holmes primary custody and the right to help choose Cruise’s nannies and influences. Cruise will remain an important role in Suri’s life and have visitation rights.
One focus of the Hollywood divorce has been religion – Cruise is famously involved with Scientology, while Holmes was raised Roman Catholic. While Holmes participated in the Church of Scientology during her marriage, many have wondered if the divorce and the settlement involved Holmes’ wish to limit her daughter’s exposure to the religion. In a joint statement released by the couple, they explained that they wanted to keep the matter private out of respect for the others’ beliefs.
Generally, when it comes to child custody and religion, the court will always keep the best interests of the child in mind.