Maria, part of America’s famous Kennedy family and a very wealthy woman in her own right, is actively involved with every element part of the divorce talks , a source close to her reports.
“Maria is extremely bright, and trusts her lawyer, Laura Wasser. [She] wants to ensure that she gets a fair settlement and that her children’s future is secure, that is all she cares about, period.”
According to friends, Maria Shriver has no thoughts of a reconciliation with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Her marriage has failed and she has to move on, as well and as quickly as she can.
The former couple still talk because they have to – they have four children together.
“But, Maria has made it clear to Arnold that there is no chance at a reconciliation. Arnold finally seems to be accepting this, but he doesn’t like it,” the insider said.
Schwarzenegger is estimated to be worth around $300 million dollars. However, Maria has apparently told her attorney to keep the costs down.
“Maria has seen plenty of lawyers in Hollywood get very, very rich from bitter divorce battles,” the source says. “And she is determined to not let that happen with her. Maria is literally tracking every dollar that is being spent on the divorce.”
The source who knows Maria personally also conformed that she would be asking Arnold to pay for her attorney’s fees. It seems that his lawyer, Bob Kaufman is agreeable to that at this stage.
But the former couple seem to be in no hurry to file for divorce. Both have great high profile divorce lawyers who really know their stuff. It is thought likely that a full divorce settlement, including finances, child custody and access, will be ironed out a before they even file or divorce. According to the insider, that is Maria Shriver’s goal.
“Maria recognizes that even though there will be a point when she is no longer married to Arnold, they will still have four children together. She doesn’t want the children to be collateral damage in all of this,” the source says.