Divorce attorneys in Pasadena wondered how long this would take: Former First Lady of California Maria Shriver has filed for divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger. The official filing comes nearly two months after news broke that Schwarzenegger had fathered a child outside their marriage - 14 years ago.
Shriver cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the divorce. In paperwork filed with the Los Angeles County Superior Court, she states she is seeking joint custody of the couple's two minor children, Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 13. The couple also has two grown daughters: Katherine, 21, and Christina, 19. Shriver is seeking spousal support and is requesting that Arnold pick up the tab for all legal fees.
According to reports, there was no prenuptial agreement signed when the pair married in 1986, so accordingly the family's considerable assets will be split 50-50. TMZ.com is reporting that sources close to the family say Arnold and Maria are on speaking terms and working together closely to resolve the issues as soon as possible. Maria allegedly informed Arnold of her intention to file for divorce beforehand and has told friends they are both committed to having an amicable divorce.
Within days of announcing their separation in May, news of Arnold's infidelity and 14-year-old son Joseph lit up gossip sites around the globe. Schwarzenegger allegedly carried on a brief affair with the family's housekeeper Mildred Baena. Baena claims that Schwarzenegger found out about Joseph only recently and that suspicions about his paternity were arisen after the child visited the family after a long absence last summer.
Back in May, Maria released a statement saying, "This is a painful and heartbreaking time. As a mother, my concern is for the children. I ask for compassion, respect and privacy as my children and I try to rebuild our lives and heal. I will have no further comment."