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Why Katie Holmes Filed For Divorce From Tom Cruise In New York

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When Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise, she made a strategic move by choosing to file in New York rather than California.New York is a good state to file in for parents who are looking for sole legal custody of their child—as Holmes is, according to TMZ. California is more likely to offer shared custody. (However, filing for divorce could be bad for Cruise since he has been trying to avoid the high tax rates in the city.)

This is especially important since reportedly the main reason Holmes wanted to break it off from Cruise is so that she could have more control over how she was raising Suri. Sources close to the couple say that Holmes worried that Cruise would bring Suri deeper into Scientology as she grew up.

Holmes was most eager to get control of raising Suri, but sources close to the couple say it's not the only arena where Holmes wants more control. Someone close to Holmes told Radar this:

"Tom has always made all the decisions in their relationship and called all the shots and initially Katie found it charming -- don't forget, she was pretty young when they met and compared to Tom she was hardly worldly. Tom hated her being called Katie, and wanted her to insist on being called Kate, which she hated. He vetted all her movie roles, made all the decisions about where and when they would vacation, how Suri would be raised, when she spoke to her parents, where they went for dinner, everything!"
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Her parents say as sad as they are that their daughter has to go through a divorce, they're looking forward to having the "old" Katie back.So what's in the pre-nup for Holmes? The Daily Mail reports that for each year the couple stayed married, she was expected to receive $3 million up to $33 million after 11 years plus their home in California. If she stayed married more than 11 years, she would receive half of Cruise's fortune, which is estimated to be around $250 million. Since Holmes is filing for divorce after just five years, she's entitled to $15 million plus the $35 million Beverly Hills Mansion. But we'll see how it actually shakes out once the papers are signed.

One weird fact about Holmes' decision to divorce Cruise: she is 33,just like Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman were when they each decided to divorce him.

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