Maria Shriver files for divorce from Schwarzenegger

14:56, July 02, 2011      

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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver (R) attend funeral services for Italian film producer Dino De Laurentiis in Los Angeles November 15, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

Former California first lady Maria Shriver filed for divorce on Friday from former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, her husband of 25 years, citing "irreconcilable differences," local media reported.

The decision came about six weeks after her husband acknowledged fathering a child with the couple's housekeeper.

In a divorce petition filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Shriver requests joint custody of two minor children.

The couple, who married on April 26, 1986, did not have a prenuptial agreement, celebrity website said. Shriver is asking that she be awarded all separate property she acquired after their separation which was announced after Schwarzenegger stepped down as governor earlier this year.

Shriver moved out of the couple's Brentwood home and the couple confirmed their separation after the Schwarzenegger affair was revealed.

The couple have four children -- Christopher, 13, Patrick, 17, and Christina, 19, and Katherine, 21.

Schwarzenegger admitted on May 17 that he had fathered a child 14 years ago with Mildred Baena, the couple's long-time housekeeper.

"After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event which occurred over a decade ago," Schwarzenegger said. "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. I am truly sorry."

He failed to mention that he confessed to Shriver only after she confronted him with the information after confirming what she had suspected about the child in an earlier confrontation with the housekeeper.

Describing Schwarzenegger's admission as "painful and heartbreaking," Shriver declined to speak further on the issue, saying: "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."

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