11/14/2012 04:15 pm ET

Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes Case Could Spur 'Divorce Tourism'

The intense media coverage of high-profile celebrity divorces, like that of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, can quickly result in a degree of “reader fatigue.” But one fundamental aspect of what was one of the quickest divorce settlements in history is the developing concept of forum shopping in divorce cases.

Holmes made the unexpected decision, apparently catching Tom totally unaware, to file in New York as opposed to California, where the couple had been residing and brought up their daughter, Suri. However, with custody as opposed to maintenance being the key consideration for Holmes, New York’s historical reluctance to grant joint custody where the parents are at war with each other appeared to be a determining factor in the decision to file there.

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