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Maria Shriver files for divorce, seeks joint custody

July 1, 2011 |  4:19 pm

Maria Shriver formally filed divorce papers Friday, citing "irreconcilable differences" with former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The couple have been married for 25 years, but announced their separation in May. The Times reported that the couple separated after she learned he had fathered a child more than a decade ago with a longtime member of their household staff. Maria-shriver-p1-small

Document: Read Maria Shriver's divorce petition

The petition for dissolution of marriage was filed Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court by Shriver's attorney, Laura Wasser.

The petition requests that Schwarzenegger and Shriver share joint physical and legal custody of their two minor sons, ages 17 and 13.

Some property would be considered separate, including miscellaneous jewelry and personal effects, earnings accumulated by Shriver after their separation, and other separate assets that have not been determined.

Schwarzenegger revealed last month that he had fathered a child more than a decade ago with a longtime member of their household staff.

Shriver moved out of the family's Brentwood mansion earlier this year after learning about the child, sources told The Times.

The staff member worked for the family for 20 years, retiring in January. She lives in Bakersfield with the boy.

"After leaving the governor's office, I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago," Schwarzenegger said in statement announcing that he fathered the boy. "I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry."


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Photo: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver in January 2007.

Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images