Friday, April 19, 2024

Tom Cruise-Nicole Kidman Divorce Flashback: He Tried to Make Marriage Shorter Than It Was


I wrote this story on March 8,. 2001. When Tom Cruise filed for divorce against Nicole Kidman a month earlier, the papers told a very stark story. Cruise tried to backdate his marriage to make it seem like it hadn’t lasted 10 years. It’s instructive to read this now, as Cruise prepares a rebuttal to Katie Holmes’s divorce filing. Cruise is using the same lawyers so far that he used in vs. Kidman: Dennis Wasser, and Cruise’s regular attorney, Bert Fields. Each of them had ties to now imprisoned private investigator Anthony Pellicano before he went to jail. Pellicano spied on Kidman. Holmes–so it’s alleged in the tabloids–is now being spied on herself.

From March 8, 2001:

Tom Cruise Divorce Move Could Cost Nicole Plenty

Those who wonder what caused Tom Cruise to file for divorce so swiftly, at last here is an answer.

Under California divorce law, a couple married less than 10 years is not considered to have been in a “long term marriage.” Cruise filed his papers on February 7, citing the length of his marriage to Nicole Kidman at exactly nine years and 11 months. The Cruises were married on December 24, 1990; Cruise claims the couple separated in “December 2000.”

This would refute claims made in other publications that the Cruises renewed their wedding vows on Christmas Eve.

Donna Weaver, an expert family attorney in Hollywood, explained to me: “This gives a presumption that spousal support should not be considered.” In other words, Cruise is asking the court not to force him to pay alimony to Kidman. If he’d hesitated much longer, Kidman would have had a much stronger case to cash in on their ten years together a possible $300 million net worth.

On his divorce filing, Cruise also checked off box marked 7g, which indicates that he wants the court to enjoin Kidman from receiving alimony. He also checked off two boxes regarding custody of the couple’s children Isabelle and Conor indicating his desire to have a strong participation in their lives. “He wants more than visitation,” Weaver said.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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