The marriage between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver’s is officially over, more than 10 years after the award-winning journalist asked to end his then 25-year association with the action star and the former California governor.
- Maria Shriver announced that she wanted a divorce in 2011 after revelations that her husband had had a child outside of their marriage
- The couple had been married for 25 years before they separated
- It is not known why it took 10 years before the divorce was finalized
A Los Angeles judge finalized the divorce Tuesday, court records show.
The couple had been married since 1986, when Shriver filed for divorce in 2011, after Schwarzenegger revealed he had had a child with a member of their household staff years earlier.
The revelation sparked a tabloid frenzy, but Schwarzenegger and Shriver handled their divorce quietly and without making accusations in court or in public.
It is not clear why the process took so long.
There were virtually no public actions in the case between the initial barrage of cases in 2011 and a resumption of court proceedings in June.
Financial details of the settlement were kept confidential.
Because the couple’s four children together now all are adults, there is no child support or custody.
Conciliation papers said neither of them owes the other any kind of spousal contribution, but both reserve the right to seek it through the court in the future.
Schwarzenegger earned a fortune playing action roles in the movie series Terminator and Conan after a successful career as a bodybuilder.
After California suffered economic problems and widespread power outages under the administration of then-Governor Gray Davis, voters recalled the Democratic incumbent and elected Schwarzenegger, a Republican, to the post of governor in 2003.
Schwarzenegger put his film career aside and served two terms as governor. Within a year of leaving office, he admitted that he was the father of a child, Joseph Baena, now 24, with a member of his household staff in the late 1990s.
Shriver filed for divorce in July 2011.
He has returned to occasional acting since with roles in the Terminator and The Expendables movies.
Shriver was forced to resign from her position as a correspondent on the NBC show Dateline when her husband announced he was running for governor.
She resumed her work as a television journalist after her husband left office, producing stories for NBC while remaining active in promoting women’s rights issues and reporting on and advocating for people with Alzheimer’s disease.
In 2018, she authored the bestseller I’ve Been Thinking… Reflections Prayers and Meditations for a Meaningful Life.
Shriver is the daughter of Eunice Kennedy Shriver – who was the sister of former US President John F. Kennedy – and Sargent Shriver, the first leader of the Peace Corps and a vice presidential candidate in 1972.
Shriver and Schwarzenegger’s children range in age from 24 to 32.
The eldest, Katherine Schwarzenegger, is a writer married to actress Chris Pratt.