In a hardly unexpected turn of events, the California power couple will legally split following their separation seven weeks ago.
They decided after the scandal broke that they’d live apart while they pondered “the future of their relationship.” And now it appears Shriver has opted to terminate the 25-year-long marriage. Citing “irreconcilable differences” but saying little about Schwarzenegger’s indiscretions, Shriver filed divorce papers Friday in Los Angeles.
It was an expected end to the saga that began nearly two months ago. They announced their separation on May 9th after details emerged that Schwarzenegger, the former bodybuilder, actor and governor of California, fathered a lovechild with a former housekeeper about 14 years ago.
The two reportedly had no prenuptial agreement, meaning their assets will likely be evenly divided, including, Shriver hopes, their children. Maria is applying for joint custody of the couple’s two youngest kids, 17-year-old Patrick and Christopher, 13.
Their assets are expected to be divided behind closed doors in a surely difficult-to-calculate legal endeavor. Schwarzenegger has assets in the multi-millions from his many careers as a fitness guru, Hollywood superstar, and governor of California. Shriver is worth at least $1 million from her career as a television journalist, author, and Kennedy heiress.
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