Tom Cruise is reportedly gearing up for a fight.
Having been blindsided last week by his spouse, he is ready for a custody battle over Suri Cruise and preparing to counter-file for divorce in California.
According to celebrity gossip sources, Cruise wants to ensure that Katie doesn’t get sole custody of Suri, which she asked for in her New York filing.
Cruise’s camp says the divorce can only take place in New York if the marriage occurred there or the spouse has been living there continuously.
Despite the couple owning an N.Y. apartment deeded in her name, he will argue that both live in L.A. and she doesn’t meet N.Y. residency requirements.
This is significant as N.Y. courts are perceived as much more likely to award sole custody in a contentious divorce than their California counterparts.
An insider added of Cruise’s game plan: “There is absolutely no way that he is going to let Katie have sole custody. The lines are being drawn.”
Regardless, it wasn’t a shock to many when she filed for divorce that it was Cruise’s controversial religion at the crux of the couple’s marital problems.
“Every move she made and everything she did was controlled … She felt like she was in Rosemary’s Baby,” says one insider, referring to the 1968 film.
Indeed, her decision to leave the movie star wasn’t easy, nor was it simply about the 33-year-old’s own personal contentment, a Holmes source says.
“This is about protecting her daughter,” the insider explains.
“She wants to be in charge of how Suri is being raised and didn’t want her to have an exclusively Scientology education. She felt she had to get out to save her daughter.”