Shriver files for divorce from Schwarzenegger

Fri Jul 1, 2011 9:00pm EDT
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By Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former California first lady Maria Shriver filed for divorce on Friday from her estranged husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the ex-governor and film star who has admitted fathering a child out of wedlock more than a decade ago.

Shriver, 55, a former television journalist and a daughter of the Kennedy political dynasty, filed papers seeking to dissolve her 25-year marriage to Schwarzenegger, 63, in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences.

According to the four-page, standard-form divorce filing, Shriver seeks unspecified spousal support and joint custody of the couple's two minor children, Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 13. They have two adult children together, Katherine 21, and Christina, 19.

A spokesman for the former "Terminator" film star declined comment. Representatives for Shriver could not be reached immediately.

Shriver and Schwarzenegger, the Austrian-born former bodybuilder turned Hollywood action star and politician, announced their separation in May, just four months after he left office as California governor.

A week later, Schwarzenegger stunned the world by acknowledging publicly that he had fathered a child more than 10 years earlier with a member of his household staff.

He said then that he had revealed the affair and his out-of-wedlock child to Shriver shortly after his two terms in office ended in January.