How Katie Holmes' lawyer father helped 'orchestrate split' that blindsided Tom Cruise
12:22 GMT, 4 July 2012
It's already been reported that he is helping his daughter with her divorce, but it seems that Katie Holmes' father may have been the one behind the big decision in the first place.
The 67-year-old attorney is said to have helped his youngest child set the wheels in motion when she decided she wanted to divorce her husband of five years, Tom Cruise.
According to People magazine, Martin Holmes 'helped orchestrate his daughter's sudden split' from the Hollywood actor.
The mastermind: Katie Holmes' attorney father Martin is said to have orchestrated her split from Tom Cruise
'Marty is very rigid – it's his way or the highway,' a Toledo attorney who has worked with Martin told the magazine.
'Marty believes there are only two sets of rules: the rules of the court and his rules, and he carries himself that way.'
The father-of-five is said to practice in areas including personal injury, business litigation, probate and matrimonial law, and is therefore the best person for Katie to turn to for advice.
It also seems that Martin is relieved to finally have his daughter back, following constant reports that he and his wife Kathy felt that the Mission Impossible star was controlling their daughter.
Fighting it out: Martin is said to be helping his daughter with her divorce proceedings as her five year marriage to Tom Cruise comes to an end
When Katie began dating Tom, 50, back in 2005, rumours quickly emerged that the actress's parents were wary of the relationship.
However, in public Martin was always supportive of Cruise, calling him a 'humanitarian' in a statement to Access Hollywood, and Katie was also quick to deny any stories of tension between them.
'Some of the crap that's out there – the stuff that's said about my parents and my siblings not hitting it off with Tom, it's really frustrating,' the mother-of-one told Vanity Fair in 2006.
Yummy: Katie took her daughter Suri out for the first time yesterday since the shock announcement on Friday
But Martin and Kathy are clearly behind their daughter's decision to divorce Tom – which was revealed to the world on Friday.
The actress has since moved to Manhattan with Suri and last night took her daughter out in public for the first time since announcing the split.
The pair visited a local ice cream parlous where the dark-haired child was spotted tenderly stroking her mother's face as she enjoyed the cold treat.
Number one priority: The pair enjoyed ice cream and a cuddle before heading back to their New York apartment