Maria Shriver files for divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger
Maria Shriver has filed for divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger, more than a month after he acknowledged fathering a child more with a member of his household staff.
The married couple, who wed 25 years ago, announced on May 9 that they had separated and were living apart. Shriver, 55, signed the divorce papers on June 18 and filed them at a Los Angeles court on Friday, July 1, according to court documents obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com.
A spokesperson for Schwarzenegger had no immediate comment about the filing, made three days before the U.S. Independence Day holiday.
Shriver cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split and is seeking joint legal and physical custody of her and the 63-year-old actor's sons Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 13. The two also have two adult daughters, Katherine, 21 and Christina, 19.
The papers do not mention a prenuptial agreement. Without one, Schwarzenegger's earnings from his acting projects, which include blockbuster films such as "Terminator," are set to be divided evenly between him and Shriver.
She is also asking for spousal support and wants her husband to pay her attorney fees and costs, court records show.
The actor's alleged mistress, Mildred Baena, told Hello! magazine in an interview published in mid-June that Shriver asked her "point blank" if her son, now 13, was Schwarzenegger's. When she said he was, Shriver reportedly cried with her, Baena said.
Shriver and Schwarzenegger have not commented on the Hello! magazine report, which also featured a photo of Baena and her son, who looks like Schwarzenegger.
The actor, who is also the former governor of California, admitted to his extramarital affair but did not Baena by name, following a Los Angeles Times article about his secret child, which was published in mid-May.
Baena, 50, retired in January after working as couple's housekeeper for some 20 years, ABC News had said. She and her boy have been in hiding since news of the affair broke.
Her attorney had said that Baena spoke on the record to Hello! magazine "in order to set the record straight once and for all."
After news of the actor's secret son broke, Schwarzenegger said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com: "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," he added. "I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry."