Maria Shriver Hires Divorce Lawyer After Separating From Arnold Schwarzenegger
Maria Shriver has hired a divorce attorney to represent her after separating from husband Arnold Schwarzenegger.
According to a report on People.com, she has retained the services of prominent lawyer Laura Wasser, but isn't sure she'll leave her husband of 25 years despite his admission that he fathered a child with a longtime member of their household staff.
"Maria hasn't decided yet if she wants to end her marriage," a source tells the magazine, adding that Wasser was hired before the love child and affair news was revealed. A rep for Shriver did not comment.
Shriver made an appearance Tuesday night at the second-to-last taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show in Chicago's United Center.
Earlier this week, Schwarzenegger admitted to fathering the child with a woman identified by several news outlets as Mildred Baena.
"After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago. I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family," he said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times, which first reported the story.
"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," continued the former governor of California. "I ask that the media respect my wife and children through this extremely difficult time. While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not."
Schwarzenegger and Shriver recently announced they were separating after 25 years of marriage, and that Shriver had moved out of their Brentwood home.
"This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us," the couple told the Times in a joint statement. "After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion and prayer, we came to this decision together. At this time, we are living apart while we work on the future of our relationship."
Shriver had hinted at trouble on her Web site just a few months prior, saying she was going through a time of transition and asking for advice.
Last Friday, she told fans on Twitter that she was "humbled" by their support. She has not yet spoken out on Twitter after the news of her husband’s out-of-wedlock child broke.
Since leaving office, Schwarzenegger has signed on to star in the drama Cry Macho. His reps at CAA also are shopping a package for a new Terminator sequel. In addition, he has partnered with Stan Lee on a Governator comic and animated series, with plans for a movie as well.
In addition to running her women's empowerment Web site, she recently served as a guest editor on an issue of Oprah Winfrey's magazine, O.