Looking Out for Number One
When we last checked up on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s upcoming divorce from wife of 25 years, Maria Shriver, the former California Governor had just filed papers with the California courts requesting that he not be required to make any alimony payments to Shriver as well as indicating that he did not want to pay any of her attorney fees for the divorce either. It appeared Arnold was already anticipating the financial pinch for the day he would have to split his estimated $400 million net worth with his soon-to-be ex-wife, Maria Shriver. Shriver is legally entitled to half of all assets the couple had acquired during their 25 year marriage because the couple had no prenuptial agreement in place prior to the marriage and California is a community property state where the law mandates splitting marital assets right down the middle in most divorce cases. Even though he did not try to block making any child support payments in his move to save cash, he did come out looking rather stingy.
Apparently, stingy is not exactly the public image the aging ex-action hero wanted to present at a time when he would prefer to sweep the details of his marital infidelities under the rug and move forward with a renewed desire to return to the big screen and portray yet another larger than life hero. The desire to be a hero again is quite understandable considering Arnold is more of a zero than hero at the moment. The press has not been exactly comforting after his dismal performance as governor of California and the news that a dalliance with his housekeeper netted him a secret love child out of wedlock during his marriage to Shriver.
Now, new reports have surfaced saying that Mr. Schwarzenegger has had a change of heart or at least a change of mind and he has once again filed more papers with the California courts, only this time Arnold is not seeking to block paying for Maria’s spousal support or attorneys’ fees. In a move that looks suspiciously like a public relations damage control attempt, Arnie is now backing off the stingy approach and says he didn’t read the fine print on the papers he filed the first time around. He is now claiming that he didn’t look over the legal papers before they were submitted to court, and he was not aware that his mean old lawyer had included requests in those early papers that would allow him to avoid paying alimony or attorney fees for Maria Shriver.
Shriver filed to end the couple’s 25-year marriage on July 1, just two months after Schwarzenegger confessed to fathering a child with one of the maids at the Schwarzenegger family home near Los Angeles over a decade ago. The former Terminator’s change of heart follows a few days after the couple’s teenage son Christopher was seriously injured in a surfing accident in Malibu, California.