Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Katie Holmes files emergency custody hearing

Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise

Katie Holmes yesterday filed an aggressive legal action requesting that her divorce trial against Tom Cruise be made public.

The 33-year-old split from her husband of five years and is seeking sole legal custody of their six-year-old daughter Suri.

Hollywood Life reports that the actress submitted papers for an emergency custody and support hearing to be held before a New York judge.

"Katie filed an 'emergent application' in New York City on July 3," a source told the site.

"It's a motion seeking temporary emergency relief, which can include child support and custody. It also means that Tom is going to have to hire a New York lawyer - he can't use his California lawyer anymore.

"The motion also means that Tom and Katie have to be present in court on July 17. A judge is now assigned to their case, which means it's no longer going to be an out-of-court settlement.

The unusual move for a celebrity means that the former couple will "have an open court room, which means that anyone can walk in and see what's happening."

"It's super-aggressive for Katie to have taken these steps. It suggests that there's going to be a contentious divorce battle to come," the insider added.

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