Arnold Schwarzenegger has responded to Maria Shriver’s divorce papers a second time. He has asked the court give him joint legal and physical custody of the couple’s underage children, Patrick (17) and Christopher (13). But he has changed his mind on one important detail. Arnold has also originally requested not to financially support his independently wealthy ex-wife after a divorce. Today, he will file new papers, offering to pay spousal support and Maria’s legal fees.
The former ‘Terminator’ star had originally requested that he not have to pay Maria Shriver’s spousal support or attorney fees, both of which she requested. Schwarzenegger also stated in his response that they should each pay their own legal bills.
The papers were submitted by Schwarzenegger’s attorney, Bob Kaufman. However, Arnold says he did not read them before he signed them, as he was preoccupied with taking care of his son, Christopher, after a boogie board accident.
Under California law a 50/50 split of the couple’s joint fortune is likely because they did not have a pre-nuptial agreement in place.
Between them, Arnold and Maria are estimated to have a fortune of $400 million but Arnold has that the court consider his miscellaneous personal effects, earnings and accumulations from and after the date of separation (of unknown value) to be separate property. The original response says that he will seek to have these assets valued at a later date.
The high profile split came after the Schwarzenneger-Shriver household’s housekeeper, Mildred Baena was revealed as the mother of a teen son the ‘Kindergarten Cop’ star fathered illegitimately through a long-standing affair.
Baena and Shriver were actually both pregnant by the former California governor at the same time.
Baena worked for the A-list couple for 20 of the 25 years of their marriage. She was the housekeeper at their mansion in the upscale Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood. So, refusal of spousal support and requiring that Maria pay the full cost of divorcing him would have been rather harsh, wouldn’t it?
Now, Maria has moved out of the formal marital home. She is currently renovating a $10 million mansion nearby so the children do not have to travel far in between each parent. Arnold retains the family home.
Arnold is planning his acting comeback to pay for the expensive divorce. He will star in the Western thriller ‘Last Stand,’ his first major movie role since 2003.