In his response to his estranged wife's divorce petition, the former California governor also refuses to pay for her attorney fees but seeks joint custody of their two minor children.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is fighting Maria Shriver's request for spousal support. On Wednesday, July 20, the former California governor finally filed his response to his estranged wife's divorce petition. In the documents filed in Los Angeles through attorney Bob Kaufman, he asks a judge to deny her from any right to get spousal support.
The court filing also indicated that Arnold refuses to pay Maria's attorney fees, which she has asked for. The "Terminator" star wants each party to foot the bill for their own lawyers. The one thing he is in sync with his estranged wife is his request for joint legal and physical custody of their two minor children, Patrick and Christopher.
The former couple, who have been together for 25 years before separating, do not have a prenuptial agreement. Under California law, they are entitled to a 50/50 split of all earnings and property which are estimated to be worth around $400 million. They are expected to reach a settlement out of court.
Arnold announced his separation from wife of 25 years, Maria, in early May. Days later, he came out with a confession that he has fathered a child with a household staffer who recently retired after 20 years of service. In mid-June, Mildred admitted in the new issue of Hello! magazine that Maria did confront her about her son with Arnold.