Arguably the biggest celebrity breakup slash scandal of the year, Maria Shriver has now taken the next step and has just filed for divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger… and there was no prenup.
In the divorce papers, Shriver cites “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the divorce. She is asking for spousal support and also requesting the judge deny he be able to do the same. In addition, she requests joint custody of their children, 17-year-old “Patrick Arnold Shriver Schwarzenegger” and 13-year-old “Christopher Sargent Shriver Schwarzenegger.” Lastly, she wants the judge to make Schwarzenegger pay for both parties lawyer fees.
Shriver and Schwarzenegger are apparently on speaking terms now and Shriver is telling friends that she hopes it will be an easy and amicable divorce. Property will be divided at a later date and because they have no prenup, everything they’ve earned will be divided 50/50. Divorce is such a messy thing. I’m glad to see they seem to both be reasonable with it at this point. The nature of the breakup and the innocent “bystanders” affected (ie. the children they share and the illegitimate child) makes it hard enough for everyone involved.