Tom, Katie Start Settlement Talks
TMZ says they might avoid a nasty court fight
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2012 8:32 AM CDT
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes in March of 2011.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

(Newser) – The Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes split may not result in a nasty court fight after all. TMZ says lawyers from both sides have begun "calm" settlement talks on custody of Suri and child support, among other things. If all goes well, it would mean that Cruise would not file a divorce case of his own in California. Yesterday, the BBC suggested such a filing was imminent after talking to his lawyer.

"We are letting 'the other side' play the media until they wear everyone out and then we'll have something to say," said Bert Fields. People, however, also says settlement talks are now under way. "Neither one of them wants this to be hashed out in public," says its source. Click for more details on the talks or to see a photo from their last dinner together.