Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to give Maria Shriver a “very generous divorce settlement,” much higher than he is required to do under California law, a source close to the former California governor states.
Maria Shriver formally filed for divorce from Schwarzenegger on Friday, July 1. However, divorce settlement talks between their respective lawyers have been ongoing for more than two months now.
California is a Community Property state, which means that, legally, all assets accumulated during a marriage have to be split 50/50. However, Schwarzenegger is said to be seriously considering giving Maria more than that.
The Terminator star is allegedly worth approximately $500-750 million dollars, it is believed.
“Arnold realizes he is to blame for the collapse of his marriage. Maria was a loving wife and mother, and he doesn’t think that any amount of money can minimize what he has put her through. He wants to do the right thing, and go above and beyond what is required of him under the law.”
What he has put her through is years of adultery, at least one of which resulted in the birth of a child. And Arnold’s friends believe there are more undisclosed love children too.
Despite that, Maria Shriver appears to be trying for an amicable divorce for the sake of her kids. Arnold, for his part, is said to be keen to show his children that he will take responsibility for his actions.
Shriver’s lawyer Laura Wasser and Schwarzenegger’s lawyer Bob Kaufman will not allow details of the divorce to be played out in the media. They will have a private judge handle the divorce proceedings. They do that in all the high profile divorce cases they handle.
However, we do know some details.
Next, Arnold must formally file his response to Maria’s divorce petition in the next two weeks. He will request joint custody of their sons, just as Maria stated on her filing. Maria has made it know that wants Arnold to continue to be a big part of Patrick and Christopher’s lives.