HollywoodLife.com told you FIRST that Katie’s divorce battle will ‘undoubtedly’ stay in NYC, and now the actress will formally be requesting temporary child support in the city in a move to protect her 6-year-old daughter Suri.
As HollywoodLife.com exclusively reported, Katie Holmes will have home court advantage — she will be in a family law courthouse in New York City on July 17 for her first divorce hearing against her estranged husband Tom Cruise.
According to RadarOnline.com, Katie, 33, has gotten “top notch legal advice” because the case will remain in New York for the near future.
“Katie clearly has the upper hand in the proceedings at this point. It can’t be emphasized enough that she took these extraordinary measures to protect her daughter, Suri,” said their source close to Katie.
She is reportedly requesting temporary child support to cover living expenses and the added security she has hired since her split from Tom.
Katie’s deck is stacked higher because she had her legal team formed before Tom. We reported that Tom, 50, wanted to file in California, but he couldn’t go as planned because it isn’t possible to file in separate states at the same time.
“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,” said the source.
“Tom will have to file a formal response to Katie’s divorce petition in New York, and he is going to submit a motion to have the case dismissed because he believes it isn’t the proper venue. Tom is hopeful that New York will do the right thing and allow him to file in California,” the source added.
— Lorraine Chow
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