Katie Holmes has retained two prominent law firms that specialise in break-ups among the wealthy as she files for divorce from Tom Cruise.
One, a New York lawyer, Allan Mayefsky, has been involved in a number of acrimonious and headline-grabbing splits, including the divorces of the model Christie Brinkley, the television anchorwoman Joan Lunden and a Manhattan financier who was ordered to pay his former wife $US44 million.
Holmes has also hired a New Jersey divorce lawyer, Jonathan Wolfe, whose website boasts of his prowess in “complex matrimonial matters” involving the “leaders or the spouses of leaders” in business, entertainment and sports. He has written about prenuptial agreements and ways to recover hidden assets in a divorce.
The Dawson’s Creek actress announced through a lawyer on Friday that she had filed for divorce from her movie star husband of five years. The news surprised the entertainment industry, and apparently the actor himself. Cruise learned Holmes had initiated divorce proceedings in New York while he was working on a film set in Iceland.
In a statement on behalf of Holmes, Mr Wolfe said the divorce was “a personal and private matter”. “Katie’s primary concern remains, as it has always been, her daughter’s best interest,” the lawyer said, referring to the couple’s daughter, Suri, 6.
Cruise has long been a controversial figure for his statements about psychiatry and his membership of the Church of Scientology, but it was his whirlwind romance with Holmes, who is 16 years his junior, that garnered the most attention.