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Holmes-Cruise divorce shows similarities to most divorces cases

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Monday, July 2, 2012.

In a way, it is fitting that we are getting our Chicago divorce and family law blog started with a post about one of the most talked-about divorces in recent memory; that of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise.

Although the lives of these two actors bear little resemblance to those of everyday people, there are elements to their divorce that are common to most divorces. In fact, by taking an expansive view of the situation, you can see issues that almost every divorcing couple will encounter.

First, the most pressing issue may be who gets custody of their 6-year-old daughter, Suri. Holmes, who filed for divorce from Cruise Friday in New York, is said to have chosen that venue because it’s friendlier to the idea of her getting sole custody. Cruise, however, is said to be readying a petition to have proceedings moved to California, where the couple also resides, because that jurisdiction is more amenable to joint custody. The take-away here is that you and your soon-to-be-ex may have different ideas about child custody, but should work to come to an understanding so as not to needlessly prolong the process.

Second, Cruise and Holmes are reportedly worth around $275 million, which will have to be split between them. Of course, you aren’t anywhere near that wealthy, but that does not mean that the decisions to make regarding how to divide property with your spouse will be any easier. Remember – instead of getting angry or upset, make sure you choose a family law attorney you trust and respect. That way, you can leave it up to him or her to guard your interests and don’t have to get so emotionally invested.

Finally, both Holmes and Cruise wasted no time in finding lawyers to represent them. While it is good to try to talk to your spouse like an adult, hiring legal representation before you formally agree to anything is probably a good idea. After all, the advice of an experience divorce and family law attorney may help you see things in a different light and that is a perspective you should have before you commit to anything.

Source: Fox News, “In seeking sole custody, does Katie Holmes need evidence Tom Cruise is a dud dad?” Hollie McKay, July 2, 2012