updated 07/13/2012 AT 9:05 AM ET
•originally published 07/14/2012 AT 8:30 AM ET
From buzz that Katie Holmes was being followed by the Church to speculation over the influence Tom Cruise’s controversial religion had during the settlement negotiations, the role of Scientology in the couple’s split has been followed just as closely as the beginnings of their separate new lives.
But according to Cruise lawyer Bert Fields, who flew to New York to negotiate their divorce settlement (which granted Holmes, 33, primary custody and Cruise, 50, generous visitation rights), the main concern was 6-year-old daughter Suri.
“Tom was always most interested in his child,” Fields tells PEOPLE. “His concern was for Suri.”