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Los Angeles Times, Published July 09 2012

Tom Cruise divorce agreement gives Katie Holmes primary custody

LOS ANGELES — The divorce agreement lawyers for Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise hammered out this past weekend gives the actress primary custody of the couple’s daughter but allows both sides a say in her religious upbringing, a source familiar with the negotiations said Monday.

How 6-year-old Suri Cruise will be raised was the only real issue on the table during talks in New York, because a prenuptial agreement governed how much money Holmes would get from the vastly wealthier Cruise, the source said.

Holmes was unconcerned with the financial settlement because, the source said, “she has her own money.”

Holmes, raised Roman Catholic, was concerned about the role the Church of Scientology, Cruise’s spiritual home, would play in Suri’s upbringing and sought terms that would allow her to set limits on its influence, the source said.

The divorce agreement provides Cruise with visitation with his daughter but gives Holmes the lead role in choosing how Suri will be educated, the source said.

“Both parents will have a meaningful relationship with their daughter,” the source said.

Cruise’s longtime legal representative, Bert Fields, said in a statement that the movie star was “really pleased” that an agreement had been reached.