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Battle lines drawn as scientology could define divorce

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Battle lines drawn as scientology could define divorce


Following Katie Holmes announcement that she wants to divorce actor Tom Cruise, reports suggest the ‘Mission Impossible’ star’s Church of Scientology religion and his beliefs are behind the split.

Holmes filed the divorce and custody documents in New York where the courts look at the best interests of the child. In California the courts presume joint custody.

“Courts are very wary, for reasons that are pretty obvious, for making a declaration that Catholicism is bad for children or Scientology is bad for children or Judaism is bad for children. They don’t think it’s the role of the court in a pluralistic society to pass these kinds of judgements. So unless there is very strong evidence of harm with a particular practice, courts will not consider those sorts of arguments,” explained Scott Altman of the University of Southern California School of Law

The Church of Scientology was founded by science fiction writer, Ron Hubbard in the early 1950s. It was eventually recognised as a religion in the USA in 1993. Europe has not been so quick to grant it such status. The UK, Germany and France refuse to give it recognition where many view it as a cult.

There are claims if Holmes wins she will raise their daughter Suri away from any influences of the Church of Scientology. At six years of age the child is about to start formal education.

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