Maria Shriver, Arnold Schwarzenegger Divorcing: Shriver Files For Divorce From Former California Governor
Maria Shriver has filed for divorce nearly two months after the revelation that her husband, actor and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, had carried out an extra-marital affair and fathered a child outside their marriage 14 years ago.
TMZ reports that Shriver cited irreconcilable differences in her California state filing, and has asked for custody of their two minor children, 17-year old Patrick Schwarzenegger and 13-year old Christopher.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, who served two terms in Sacramento between 2003-2011, fathered a son with household staffer Mildred Patti Baena. Shriver and Schwarzenegger announced their separation on May 9th.
The pair was married for 25 years and had four children together.
"This is a painful and heartbreaking time," Shriver said at the time of the first announcement. "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."
Upon the public revelation of his child with Baena, Schwarzenegger released a statement saying, "After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago. I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family."