Maria Shriver officially files for divorce, Arnold’s lawyer hasn’t responded


This one is a no-brainer: Maria Shriver filed for divorce, officially, on Friday. It seemed like she was headed in that direction since Arnold’s mistress implosion more than a month ago. Both Maria and Arnold had hired divorce lawyers, and it was assumed that they were already in the process of splitting up their assets. Most of their kids (together) are already adults, or almost adults, so I don’t think custody is going to be a huge issue, especially since both Arnold and Maria seem content to stay in California. Previously, sources claimed that Arnold could be paying Maria something like $100 million in a possible divorce settlement – which I think it low-balling it, no pun intended:

Maria Shriver is moving on. California’s former first lady filed for divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, a source confirms, two months after the actor’s public admission that he fathered a child with the couple’s longtime housekeeper.

Citing irreconcilable differences, Shriver is seeking shared custody of their minor children, Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 13. The couple also have two daughters, Katherine, 21 and Christina, 19. Shriver is also seeking spousal support from Schwarzenegger and that he pay her attorney fees.

Schwarzenegger’s rep Adam Mendelsohn had no comment on the filing.

According to a source, one of the reasons Shriver had confronted housekeeper Mildred Baena was because it became more and more apparent over the years that Baena’s son, Joseph, 13, bore a striking resemblance to Schwarzenegger.

“While Maria may not have been as angry at Mildred as she was at Arnold, her instinct would be to protect her family,” a source close to the family previously told PEOPLE. “Whatever she did in the aftermath was about taking care of her kids, trying to shield them and trying to minimize the repercussions.”

Shriver, 55, most recently attended the Special Olympics in Athens, Greece, accompanied by her four children.

It remains to be seen what sort of relationship Schwarzenegger, 63, plans to have with Joseph, although a source says the actor has been providing for the boy for many years.

In early May, the couple announced their split as they contemplated the state of their 25-year marriage.

“At this time, we are living apart, while we work on the future of our relationship,” the couple said in a statement at the time. “We are continuing to parent our four children together. They are the light and the center of both of our lives.”

[From People]

I don’t think anybody blames Maria for filing for divorce, right? She gave it a good run, and now she’s got time to map out the rest of her life. My guess is that she’ll follow in her parents’ footsteps and devote herself to charity work. And then, at some point, she’ll begin dating, probably some quiet, rich Democratic party fundraiser or lawyer. Her kids will be pretty well adjusted and everything will be fine. As for Arnold… God knows. I think once the divorce is a done deal, we’ll be hearing a lot more about his skeezy, sleazy ways.




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  1. Toe says:

    Geezus, that woman looks like Terminator’s wife…errr never mind!

  2. the original bellaluna says:

    What I think is really sh!tty about the whole mess is that Maria was really looking forward to Arnold being out of office and spending more time with the family/his kids, when all the sh!t hit the fan.

    First he was going to spend more time with the family; then he was going back to H-Weird to try and resurrect his acting career; then it was his affair and kid with the housekeeper. How much worse is it going to get?

    I think Maria showed admirable restraint in not killing him or immediately filing for divorce. (Of course, being a Kennedy/Shriver, she was probably bred not to “over react”. I don’t think their clan does histrionic.)

  3. bluhare says:

    I think she’ll try to get her journalistic career going again.

  4. malachais says:

    I feel bad for Maria, but she’ll have loads of money for therapy so I am sure she’ll get through this crazy fiasco. She looks so haggard, you can tell she has had a rough couple of decades with Arnold. Bastard.

  5. blonde on the dock says:

    Why did she marry him in the first place? Such an odd coupling!

  6. dahlia1947 says:

    I don’t have one ounce of respect for her if she knew about the maid all along and just kept her mouth shut so Arnold could be governor.

  7. pwal says:

    Maria does look haggard, but I think 10-20 lbs would do the trick. I realize that there’s a big age difference, but her daughter, Catherine (?) is lovely and I think she favors Maria, and she has some weight on her. Being too skinny at Maria’s age is a deficit, not an asset.

  8. Riana says:

    Doesn’t make much sense if she knew all along but still divorced him years after the fact, does it dahlia?

  9. Turtle Dove says:

    dahlia1947 (6) She’s got kids to think of also. When Arnold was in office if this came out it would be horrible for the kids. The reason that it did come out now is that he’s no longer in office. I guess all this crap was being suppressed in the press anyway – in one way or another.

    I feel bad for her. I feel bad for any woman who has to go through this. Too often women trust the men and that their relationship will be enough to change him. It NEVER is.

    I respect that she walked away with dignity (just like Elin Nordegren who I suspect busted some major a** before she kicked him out). No good can come from creating a spectacle.

  10. anne_000 says:

    i think she knew way before this came out in public that arnold wasnt completely faithful.

    i think she knows he didnt marry her for her looks, but for her familial background. i think she married him cuz he was a rich movie star with political aspirations.

    if there was no love child or no possibility of the secret becoming public, i think she would have stayed married to him, even if she knew he was unfaithful.

  11. Faye says:

    Well, I’m glad she’s leaving him and she seems to be doing so very gracefully. I don’t like all this because I liked Arnold, and he seemed like a pretty straight laced guy as far as Hollywood marriages go. I thought the groping story that surfaced when he was campaigning for governor was BS but now I realize it was probably true. Oh well. He’ll just have to cough up some money and be back to setting his penis off to wander wild and free. Shame.

  12. sandy#1 says:

    it’s awful when men try to drag classy women down with their disgusting life style, habits with these desperate degrading woman, who think nothing of tearing a part a family, glad she is walking away with dignity.

  13. Amanda G says:

    She is one unfortunate looking woman. I never noticed it before this scandal.

    Anyway, I agree with the suspicion that she knew he was a dirtbag all along, but maybe she didn’t know about the housekeeper/child. I guess it’s one thing to have an agreement about cheating, but it’s another thing to have it happen under your own roof.

  14. Violet says:

    My heart goes out to her. Maria was only 21 when they first got involved, so she’s been with him her entire adult life. She even put her own career on the backburner to support his.

    I think Maria really loved Arnold. She probably did question him over the years — as rumors about inappropriate behavior surfaced, as the housekeeper’s son started looking more and more like Arnold — and chose to believe his denials. After all, who would be as brazen as to get the housekeeper pregnant, yet not encourage her to quit so there’s less chance that anyone ever realizes he’s the father?

    Arnold is obviously a consumate liar and egomaniac. It must’ve been so hard for Maria to finally accept and acknowledge that about the father of her children.

    As for people being unsympathetic because she’ll get lots of money out of the divorce, don’t forget that she was rich before she ever married Arnold. Money is no compensation for the world of hurt and humiliation that Arnold has put her through.

    (BTW, I think she’s attractive. She’s one of the few women in Hollywood who’s allowed herself to age gracefully without resorting to cosmetic procedures. It’s just she’s looking very gaunt at the moment, because she obviously lost weight due to the stress of the situation.)

  15. Dhavy says:

    I think a little nip tuck would be beneficial for her. She should go back full time with NBC and find herself a rich boy toy LOL.

    Gosh I wish I had that much hair!

  16. Ramona Q says:

    This story is about the end of Maria’s marriage – she must be humiliated, heartbroken, devastated, betrayed, confused, questioning everything, etc., etc., etc.! I know this is a celeb gossip site, but lord! Rethink your decision to take this as an opportunity to criticize her face, weight and hair people!!! This woman is in hell right now!

  17. eternalcanadian says:

    Such a disappointment to read about this and just reinforces my impression politicans make strange bedpeople! Also further proof a Democrat should never marry a Republican. 😛

  18. solamia says:

    go get yours, Maria. And eat a ham sammie, 15 to 20 pounds will make her look 10 years younger. When she first dated Ahhnold, she was a full figured girl, so she has it in her. And I think she’s pretty, she just needs some flesh on them bones.

  19. skinanny says:

    She will be fine, 200 million will help here get on her feet again!!

  20. fizXgirl314 says:

    I can’t believe people have the audacity to comment on a woman’s looks who is NOT a movie star, who’s well into her fifties, who hasn’t done anything wrong and who’s going through a rough time in her life. Makes me really wonder how unfortunate some of you are :-/

  21. Shay says:

    The Kennedy head doesn’t complement the women of this clan.

  22. really says:

    Love her! She is soooooooooo strong!

  23. Sloane Wyatt says:

    It seems to me that Maria’s eating disorder has shrunk her to being a living corpse. The Divorce Diet has done her no favors.

    I pity anyone who’s married to scum; it sucks the life right out of you.

    I root for her recovery.

  24. Danny says:

    Wow, a lion’s mane of hair and bug sun-glasses. Rock on, I guess.

    Even though she is really skinny, she could dress better. She looks like a mess in the 2nd and 4th pictures.

  25. bb says:

    Maria is awesome!

  26. Trashaddict says:

    13 y/o is “almost adult”? Sheesh, not in my household. That would be a really sucky time to have your parents break up. In fact, I think it’s actually worse than other ages when it comes to having to deal with it.

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