In perhaps the world's record for quickest divorce settlement by a celebrity couple, representatives for Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes announced that the pair have reached an agreement on custody, support and division of property, and that the two have already signed it.
Holmes' long and frequent trips to her lawyers' office over the weekend fueled speculation that Cruise wanted to settle ahead of the scheduled July 17 hearing in New York. Holmes' lawyers praised Cruise's California based legal team for their "professionalism and diligence." The couple issued a joint statement expressing their commitment to co-parenting their 6-year-old daughter, Suri, and their mutual respect for each other's "respective beliefs" and "roles as parents."
Many observers expected the proceedings to devolved into an ugly, public mess, but the hurried agreement shows how committed the pair are to preserving their dignity and privacy. It also appears that they are following in the footsteps of other celebrity parents who chose to put the best interests of their kids ahead of their own petty squabbles.
Bruce Willis and Demi Moore - the "Die Hard" star and his superstar wife confused many with their - then unconventional - take on divorce. They were one of the first celebrity couples to focus on making their split as positive as possible by remaining friends and even getting chummy with each other's new loves.
In this 2007 picture by Annie Leibovitz, originally published in Vanity Fair, Moore and her then 29-year-old husband, Ashton Kutcher cuddle as Willis concentrates on catching a big one. It's too bad the Kutcher-Moore divorce couldn't have taken such a friendly turn.
David Arquette and Courteney Cox - like Holmes and Cruise, the former "Friends" star and her actor ex have a young daughter to raise, 8-year-old Coco. People Magazine labeled them "the happiest unmarried couple in L.A." Even though they only filed for divorce in June, they had been separated since 2010.
Arquette is a recovering alcoholic who celebrated one year of sobriety in January, which may help to explain how the marriage fell apart. Nevertheless, Cox insists that "He's my best friend. No matter what happens in our future, he's my very best friend."
Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz - the singers have so much confidence in their ability to get along, they didn't even bother filing their 103-page settlement document with the court, agreeing to keep it on the back burner in case of a future dispute.
Shortly after filing for divorce in 2011 the couple were spotted taking their son Bronx out for a Valentines Day lunch. Actions speak louder than words. They may not have been in love with each other, but they cared enough to show their united commitment to him.
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- Family & Relationships
- Katie Holmes
- Demi Moore
- Bruce Willis
- Ashton Kutcher