Will Tom let Katie have Suri New reports claim that divorce will not go to court and is being settled behind closed doors and will stay in New York
She's hired Allan Mayefsky and his partner Michael MosbergThey were principle legal players in messy divorce of Christie Brinkley and Peter CookMeeting comes after Cruise's lawyer accuses Katie's camp of 'playing the media'
Sources close to Tom say divorce was NOT over ScientologyDivorce proceedings will reportedly stay in the state of New York… for now
19:52 GMT, 7 July 2012
Expectations that the divorce of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes would be a long, drawn out and bitterly contested legal fight may not be realised according to new reports.
Attorneys for the estranged couple are reported to be finalising a full divorce settlement behind closed doors that will not even require Holmes or Cruise to make a court appearance in either California or New York.
The legal teams for the separated couple are trying to thrash out agreements on properties, child support, visitation and whether the pair will have joint custody of their six-year-old girl Suri or whether Holmes will keep sole custody as she filed for in her divorce petition.
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Calling a truce: Attorneys for Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise are reported to be finalising a full divorce settlement behind closed doors
Thirty-three-year-old Holmes was
scheduled to face a family court judge on July 17, but the new claims
from a source very familiar with the case told TMZ that the
negotiations were 'calm' and the case might not go to court at all.
Katie Holmes is gearing up for a very
high-profile divorce battle with husband Tom Cruise as she was seen
visiting her lawyer today.
actress, 33, was seen at the New York offices of her heavyweight
lawyers Allan Mayefsky and his partner Michael Mosberg on Friday morning
with a team of four bodyguards.
The estranged couple's six-year-old daughter, Suri, was not seen with the star.
Sunny side up: Katie looked cheerful and sported a summery dress when she was spotted in New York today
Meeting: Katie was spotted visiting her lawyer's office following the revelations
According to People.com, Katie was
dress casually in white jeans and a yellow top as she exited a Mercedes with
tinted windows and walked into the midtown Manhattan building.
Katie is said to have hired law firm
Aronson, Mayefsky and Sloan to handle the proceedings – an indication
she is prepared to play hardball from the outset.
The 58-year-old Harvard graduate was
one of the principle legal players in the messy divorce of model and
actress Christie Brinkley and her husband Peter Cook, which has become
notorious as one of the most bitter of Hollywood break-ups.
Mr Mayefsky is a shrewd operator who has a habit of airing the grievances of his clients in front of the media.
No awkward reunion: Katie and Tom may not even be required to appear in court if they reach a settlement
Preparing her case: Katie Holmes, left, enters the midtown Manhattan office of her divorce lawyer Allen Mayefsky on Friday
He is known for demanding an even
split of proceeds in divorces and for winning 28 million for the wife
of a Wall Street financier in a landmark case in 2003.
RadarOnline reports the actress will ask Cruise for child support at their first divorce hearing in New York on July 17.
Katie is expected to appearing in person when the hearing takes place.
A source told Radar:
'Katie’s legal team will be requesting temporary child support to cover
living expenses and the added security she has hired since her split
'Tom's Los Angeles lawyers have
officially been given notice. Tom's New York lawyer will appear and it's
undetermined at this time if Tom will be in court also because he is
currently shooting a movie.'
Heavy security: The actress, 33, was seen at the
New York offices with a
team of four bodyguards
Undercover: Katie ducked inside as she was quietly ushered in the building
Mayefsky's co-counsel, Jonathan Wolfe, is a partner in the relatively low-profile New Jersey-based firm of Skoloff & Wolfe.
Crucially, Mr Wolfe is an expert in
what is euphemistically known in American legal circles as 'business
evaluation' (in plain English, that means he is a terrier when it comes
to finding hidden money).
Already specialist forensic
accountants, employed by one of the two legal firms she has engaged, are
busy untangling the complex web of businesses and trusts that manage
the Top Gun star’s estimated 180 million fortune.
They want to establish Tom’s exact
wealth, which suggests 33-year-old Holmes is not prepared to walk away
with the relatively modest settlement of 10 million that has been
widely quoted — 2 million for every year of their five-year marriage as
stipulated in the couple's 100-page pre-nuptial agreement.
Katie's meeting on Friday came after
Cruise's attorney Bert Fields lashed out at the actress and her legal
team, accusing them of 'playing the media'.
Split: Katie Holmes, pictured today shopping, has been accused by Tom's lawyer of manipulating the media
High-profile: Katie is being represented by Allan Mayefsky, left, and his partner Michael Mosberg, right
Co-counsel: The actress is also said to have sought the legal advice of Jonathan Wolfe, a partner in the relatively low-profile New Jersey-based firm of Skoloff & Wolfe
Fields told BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat:
'Tactically we can't say where Tom will file a divorce case and if he'll
be seeking joint custody of Suri.'
'We are letting “the other side” play the media until they wear everyone out and then we'll have something to say,' he added.
He would not be drawn on specific
details of the divorce – but did stick the knife in and insisted Tom was
'really sad about what's happening'.
Strain of the break-up appeared to be
taking its toll on the actress, who yesterday failed to hide her
shrinking frame when she spent the day with her child by the Mission
The 33-year-old's blue and orange
halterneck top clearly displayed her bony back and angular collarbone
and her blue jeans seemed to hang off her.
While Katie attempted a steely
resolve, Suri looked tired and strained by the emotional custody battle
her parents are to embark on.
Taking its toll Katie Holmes put on a brave face yesterday as she showed off her rail-thin figure while carrying daughter Suri in New York after splitting from Tom Cruise
Bony: Katie displayed her shrinking frame on a day out with daughter Suri
Loose fit: Katie's halter-neck top was hanging off her – and she didn't appear to be in need of a bra
Rail-thin: Katie's halterneck top clearly showed off her bony back and her jeans seemed to hang off her
Exhausted: Suri Cruise looks tired by the news her
parents are set for a custody battle following their divorce
Growing closer: The girls rarely leave each other's side, with Katie often seen carrying Suri
Katie held her daughter tenderly in
her arms during a trip with friends – and of course security – to the
Children's Museum of the Arts in the Soho area of New York City.
Little Suri, dressed in a pink dress and holding onto a cuddly toy, clung to her actress mother.
On Wednesday, Katie – who filed for
divorce from the Hollywood star last week – spent American holiday
Independence Day as a single mother for the first time.
The Dawson's Creek beauty was seen at Wholefoods supermarket near her Chelsea apartment stocking up on food supplies.
Making her way to the store, dressed
casually in a denim shirt and a floral summery skirt, the mother-of-one
looked feminine and pretty as she skipped along with Suri, who was in
the same multi-coloured poppy dress she was in the night before.
the market, Suri rode in the front of the shopping cart playing with a
pale pink cowboy hat, with Katie photographing her wearing it.
The mother and daughter duo were accompanied by one of Katie's bodyguards from her top heavy security team.
Taking life into her hands: Katie stepped out braless and ringless as she moves on to the 'new phase' of her life
Protected: Katie was flanked by a burly security guard
During the outing Katie reassured fans that she is coping following the split from the Hollywood star.
Approached as she stocked up on food, Katie told a New York Daily News reporter: 'I'm alright. Thank you.'
it emerged that Katie Holmes is set to show her label Holmes & Yang
at New York Fashion Week this September for the first time.
spokesperson for Katie told WWD that her personal life would not impact
her fashion label, despite her high-profile split from Tom Cruise last
The newly-single actress
co-designs the label, which launched in 2009, with her stylist and
long-time friend Jeanne Yang.
Available at Barneys New York, Holmes
& Yang specialise in wearable day-to-night pieces and luxury basics
that are all manufactured in the U.S.
Katie told the New York Times: 'We
know that women are on the go and do a lot of different sorts of things
all in one day. Hopefully, [Holmes & Yang] helps to provide them
with some confidence in attacking all those different roles.'
Helping hand: Suri was guided along by her mother, who tenderly placed an arm on each of her daughter's shoulders
Tea time: Katie and Suri also had a meal at Alice's tea cup during their girly day out together
Ms Yang added: 'We wanted to make pieces that you could bend over and pick up your kid in and also look really elegant.
'Just comfortable clothes that you can wear going from a meeting to being a mom to going on a date.'
Mission accomplished. Season after
season, Holmes & Yang creates a base palette of cream, navy, and
black, featuring luxe shirts and trousers; textured silk jumpsuits;
motorcycle jackets; leather, silk-lined blazers; and dresses worthy of
the red carpet.
Showing their spring collection in
New York for the first time with an intimate presentation, instead of a
runway show, will firmly put Katie back on the high-fashion map.
Since her marriage to Tom Cruise in
2006, and her first foray into couture the same year with Victoria
Beckham, the golden girl of Dawson's Creek has kept a low profile within
the fashion industry.
However after she made the decision
to file divorce papers last Friday, Katie is set to step out of Tom's
Scientology shadow and back into the spotlight.
50-year-old actor was said to be 'blindsided' when his wife filed for
divorce from him last week after five years of marriage and sought legal
custody of their child – intends to go to court in Los Angeles in
person to ensure he is legally allowed to see the youngster.
The way they were: Katie announced that she was splitting with her husband of six years last Friday
Katie filed for the divorce in New
York because she believes she has a better chance of winning custody,
and although Tom was encouraged to file in California, the law states
divorce cannot be filed in separate states at the same time.
source said: 'Tom has told Dennis Wasser and Bert Fields, his long-time
entertainment lawyer, that his first priority is getting a court order
in place, obviously a temporary one, that will allow him to legally see
Hints: In next month's ELLE magazine Katie hints that she may not have been happy in the relationship for some time
has extensive documentation to prove that Los Angeles is where the case
should proceed, because this is where he says they have lived.
'Tom is extremely disappointed that Katie filed in New York, and he feels that she is trying to cut him out of their daughter's life.
'Tom won't tolerate it and told his lawyers that if he personally needs to go to court and make a plea in front of the judge for an order allowing him to see his daughter, he will.'
It is believed Katie wants legal custody because she is worried about Tom's devotion to sci-fi cult Scientology and the effect the quasi-religious sect may have on their six-year-old daughter.
However a source told TMZ: '[Katie] was totally committed to Scientology. She had enthusiasm for it and would voluntarily and gladly participate in it when Tom was off shooting movies.
'This is not a fight over religion. It's being used as a way to hurt Tom.'
Meanwhile, an interview with Katie from next month's ELLE magazine hints that she may not have been happy in the relationship for some time.
Discussing turning 33, she told the US publication: 'I definitely feel much more comfortable in my own skin. I feel sexier. I'm staring to come into my own. It's like a new phase.'
Asked about her marriage, she admitted she wanted to focus on herself.
She said: 'He has been Tom Cruise for 30 years. I know who I am and where I am and where I want to go, so I want to focus on that.'
VIDEO: Katie & Suri spend quality time together in New York in wake of divorce…