We know Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise yesterday, after five-and-a-half years of marriage. We know why she specifically filed in New York. We have an idea how much both of them are worth. And Katie has made it clear what she wants when it comes to custody of their 6-year-old daughter, Suri.
But what about the prenup?
Suri was born in April 2006, before TomKat got hitched in November 2006. Back in June of that year, Life & Style shared details (via MSNBC) on their potential prenuptial agreement: "The happy couple and their lawyers have come up with a contract that will give Holmes $3 million a year up to $33 million for each year that she is married to Cruise, as well as a palatial home in Montecito, California, according to Life & Style Weekly. If the marriage lasts longer than eleven years, the contract becomes void and California's community property law kicks in — giving Holmes half of Cruise's rather sizeable fortune."
When contacted by MSNBC's The Scoop back in 2006, Tom's rep declined to comment, but an "insider" told Life & Style that Katie's parents had been trying to get her out of the relationship but ultimately changed their minds. "If she walks now, Tom will fight her for custody [of Suri], and Katie can't outlast him in court. She knows she needs to marry him to get the money to fight him for custody, if it comes to that."
Obviously Tom and Katie didn’t quite make it 11 years, but if that contract is legit, Katie would get $3 million for each of their five years, leaving her with about $15 million, plus a home. And, as TIME notes, if Katie wins custody of Suri, the child support payments could be hefty. For example, model Linda Evangelista was awarded $550,000 in annual child support payments from her French billionaire boyfriend earlier this year.
Sources: MSNBC, TIME
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