Divorce is never an easy move for anyone, even if you are in the midst of an abusive relationship. When you add children into the mix, it becomes even more difficult. Depending on the length of the marriage, you may qualify for spousal support, but then again, you may not. In Wisconsin, this can often be left up to the judge you are dealing with, leaving you to wonder how you will make ends meet. However, if one person has a lot of money, prenuptial agreements can be the right move. When money is involved, divorce often becomes messy.
With Katie Holmes filing for divorce from Tom Cruise after about five years of marriage, the aspects of money in divorce is again coming to the forefront of news reports. While no one is really talking about the specifics of any prenuptial agreement or acknowledging that there actually is one as many have speculated from the start, it is reported that Holmes will receive $3-million for each year of marriage. This would amount to about $15-million, though a top New York divorce lawyer states she should legally get 10 percent of the couple’s net worth, or $27-million. However, until details are released, this is simply speculation.
In cases of divorce where children are involved, though, money often becomes a much stickier issue. It isn’t just about splitting assets and belongings, which can be quite difficult when you are dealing with two celebrities, one of which has built quite a fortune prior to the marriage. The child deserves to maintain the same lifestyle in which he or she has grown accustomed. Because the couple shares a 6-year-old daughter, Suri, child support will come into play, which could be quite high because of the lifestyle Suri has been raised in, including nannies and the activities in which she participated.
Because of the volatility of these situations, it is important for parents to do what they can to protect their children. In so many cases, parents don’t put their children first. Instead, they focus on going after the other parent and making the other parent suffer. While Cruise is “deeply saddened” by this news, it is hopeful that the two will be able to put their differences aside and put Suri first. According to Holmes’s attorney, “Katie’s primary concern remains, as it has always been, her daughter’s best interest.”
When parents are able to put their children first, everyone wins. Going through a divorce isn’t easy for anyone, but if you can make things easy on the children, especially by remaining civil and keeping their lifestyle similar as possible, they will be able to adjust better. It remains to be seen if Cruise and Holmes can really put their daughter first. Because the case is newly filed, only time will tell.