It isn't unusual for couples pursuing a legal separation in Pasadena to try marital counseling as a last-ditch effort to save their relationship. Even celebrity couples are giving therapy a shot regardless of how scandalous the events that brought them to separation were. Take former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, for example. The two famously parted ways last year after it was revealed that Schwarzenegger had fathered a child with the family's former housekeeper. Now major news outlets are reporting the power couple are trying to work things out for the sake of their children.
A source close to the couple tells theNew York Post, "Arnold and Maria are having marriage counseling to work through their issues to get back together," a friend said. "Maria is a devout Catholic and doesn't believe in divorce, but is still struggling with the humiliation she endured by him."
According to the article, Schwarzenegger has been working overtime to regain Shriver's trust. Another friend of the couple told the Post, "Arnold is desperate to win her back, mostly because he realizes he can't live without her, and partly because he doesn't have the political clout without her. Winning her back would be the best way to show the world he has been forgiven for his transgressions."
The couple has reportedly been in therapy for the last several weeks, and it was Schwarzenegger's idea. Filed paperwork aside, no further legal hearings in their divorce case have been made. The next hearing has been set for July 1, 2016; over four years away. A mutual friend is said to be working on the financial and business conditions for the proposed reconciliation.
Schwarzenegger and Shriver were married in April 1986 and have four children together. Career-wise, both look forward to new projects. Schwarzenegger has two films due for release in 2012 while Shriver is rumored to return to network television.