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Schwarzennegger's divorce stalled over property division

After years of marriage, couples in California often do not realize the extent that their lives have been intertwined. Because of the love at the start of a relationship, many couples do not anticipate the need for a prenuptial agreement to assist in property division in the event of an unexpected divorce. When any amount of wealth or properties are shared, separating assets can be complicated and painful. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver are familiar with the painful process. Six years after filing for a divorce, they remain married.

After 25 years of marriage, Arnold Schwarzenegger's affair with a housekeeper became public knowledge. In addition to being unfaithful, he fathered a child with the housekeeper. With the news of the infidelity, the marriage came to an end, and Maria filed for divorce in 2011. 

Apparently, the divorce has not be finalized due to a disagreement about separating their assets. Considering their wealth, success and years of marriage, they likely have more to separate than most couples. Reportedly, together they have a net worth of approximately $400 million. When divorce proceedings began, they shared two minor children. Both children are now adults; therefore, an agreement on custody is no longer needed.

While many couples do not have millions to divide during a divorce, many have more to consider when separating than they realize. An attorney in California can inform a person of areas of a marriage that should be discussed when someone files for a divorce. Property division can be difficult to determine, but an attorney can assist in negotiating while considering the needs of the client and any needs of minor children involved.

Source:, "Arnold Schwarzenegger & Maria Shriver Still Not Divorced", Nov. 2, 2017

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