LOS ANGELES (AP) – Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver’s marriage has officially ended more than 10 years after the award-winning reporter asked to end her 25-year marriage to the action star and former California governor .
A Los Angeles judge finalized the divorce on 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 charges in court or in public.
It is not known why the process took so long. There was virtually no public action taken in this case between the first wave of filings in 2011 and the resumption of legal proceedings in June.
Financial details of the settlement have been kept confidential. Since the couple’s four children are now all adults, there is no child support or custody arrangement.
The settlement documents say neither owes the other spousal support, but both reserve the right to seek it in court in the future.
Messages left with the former couple’s lawyers seeking comment were not immediately returned.
Schwarzenegger amassed a fortune playing action roles in the “Terminator” and “Conan” film franchises after a successful career as a bodybuilder. After California suffered economic woes and widespread power outages under the administration of then-governor Gray Davis, voters recalled the incumbent Democratic and elected Republican Schwarzenegger as governor during a free election for all in 2003.
Schwarzenegger put his film career aside and served two terms as governor. Less than a year after leaving office, he admitted to being the father of one child, Joseph Baena, who is now 24, with a member of his household staff in the late 1990s. Shriver requested the divorce in July 2011.
He has since returned to the game sporadically, with roles in the “Terminator” and “The Expendables” films.
Shriver was forced to resign her job as correspondent for NBC’s “Dateline” show when her husband announced he was running for governor.
She resumed her job as a television reporter after her husband left office, producing stories for NBC while remaining active in promoting women’s rights and reporting and advocating for people with the disease. ‘Alzheimer’s.
In 2018, she is the author of 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 President John F. Kennedy, and Sargent Shriver, the first Peace Corps chief and running mate in 1972.
Shriver and Schwarzenegger’s children range from 24 to 32 years old. The eldest, Katherine Schwarzenegger, is an author married to actor Chris Pratt.
Associated Press editor Anthony McCartney contributed to this report.
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