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Arnold Schwarzenegger may soften response to Maria Shriver [Poll]

July 23, 2011 |  4:32 pm

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Did he mean to be a dummy over spousal support for Maria Shriver?

So maybe Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't mean to fight Maria Shriver over spousal support?

Schwarzenegger's response to Shriver's divorce filing took some folks aback Friday when it was revealed that he'd asked the court to make her pay her own legal costs and forget about awarding her support -- even though he was the one who hadn't kept it zipped during their marriage.

However, the former governor may attempt to mend that fence with a revised divorce response filing on Monday, according to TMZ.

Schwarzenegger signed the documents but didn't read them carefully, according to sources who suggested Dad was just as distracted as Mom was by a medical crisis involving their youngest son, Christopher Schwarzenegger. Also, they said, Arnold relied on his lawyer.

Christopher, 13, was hospitalized after a boogie-boarding accident Sunday in Malibu left him with broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

In her 911 call, Shriver said her son couldn't move off the beach. "He's awake and breathing," she said. "It's just he can't move and he's having trouble breathing."

The family said Friday that Christopher is expected to make a full recovery.

Schwarzenegger and Shriver split in May after news broke that he'd fathered a son 13 years ago with a longtime household employee. Shriver filed for divorce on July 1.


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: "The Evolution of Arnold" at the Hollywood Wax Museum depicted Schwarzenegger as candidate, Terminator and Conan the Barbarian before California's 2003 gubernatorial recall election. Credit: Ric Francis / Associated Press