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Maria Shriver files for divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Published: Monday, July 4, 2011, 8:21 [IST]

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger's estranged wife Maria Shriver has officially filed divorce papers in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday, July 1. The former first lady of California is seeking joint custody of their two minor sons and also asking for spousal support from him.

Maria Shriver's attorney Laura Wasser has taken step to make her separation from Arnold Schwarzenegger six weeks after he admitted publicly that he fathered a love child. In the petition for dissolution of marriage, she has cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for ending her 25-year marriage from the former California Governor.

Arnold and Maria have two sons Patrick, 17 and Christopher, 13, and two daughters, Katherine, 21 and Christina, 19, with their relationship. Now, in her divorce papers, 55-year-old Maria seeks shared physical and legal custody of their two minor sons and asks for spousal support from him. Meanwhile, she requests him to pay her attorney fees and also wants the judge to deny him the right to ask for spousal support himself.

However, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his separation from Maria in May a few days after he came out with a confession that he has fathered a child with a household staffer, who recently retired after 20 years of service. Arnold's mistress Mildred Patricia Baena stayed quiet about the divorce papers.

Topics: arnold schwarzenegger, maria shriver
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