For the past few days, legal teams for Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise have been working steadily in an attempt to reach a settlement for the divorcing stars, but make no mistake: Holmes, 33, is not about to cave when it comes to their little girl.
"She is dead set on keeping custody of Suri," a Holmes source tells Us Weekly. The Romantics actress -- whose future projects include the new film Molly (which she wrote) and a Holmes and Yang runway debut at New York Fashion Week this fall -- filed for divorce from Cruise, 50, June 28, and asked for sole legal custody of daughter Suri, 6.
"Katie is not going to compromise on certain issues, all regarding Suri," the source says.
During their nearly six-year marriage, Holmes became increasingly uncomfortable with the bizarre rules and restrictions of Scientology -- particularly with respect with how to raise and educate her only child with Cruise.
"This is about protecting her daughter," another source explained to Us.
While Holmes has been highly visible since the news broke, stepping out with Suri near their new NYC apartment nearly every day, Cruise has been M.I.A., reportedly holed up at his L.A.-area home.
The Rock of Ages star and his team "are in major crisis mode," a Cruise source admits. "He is on the phone with his lawyers 24/7."