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Family law: Arnie intends to refuse Maria spousal maintenance

Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife Maria Shriver officially filed for divorce on 1 July after 25 years of marriage. This week, the former governor of California filed his response to her divorce petition.

In the papers filed at the Superior Court of California, Arnie's lawyer Bob Kaufman has ticked the box that requests the judge not to award Maria spousal maintenance.

Both parties have asked to have joint custody of their two youngest children, Patrick who is 17 and Christopher, 13.

Since the couple did not sign a prenuptial agreement, they are both entitled to an even split of their assets estimated to be some $400 million, but they have already agreed that Schwarzenegger is to keep the marital home in Brentwood, while Maria has bought a new $10 million home three miles away.

Both parties are citing irreconcilable differences as grounds for divorce, since the marriage broke down after it was revealed that Schwarzenegger had an illegitimate son with his former housekeeper.

The Terminator star is said to blame himself for the collapse of his marriage. But he has been reported to be spending more time with his illegitimate son.

He also has asked that, during the divorce, both parties should be responsible for paying their own legal fees, while Maria expects Schwarzenegger to cover all the expenses.

Under UK law, spousal maintenance is awarded by the courts to the spouse who is on a lower income. It is only awarded if the spouse is unable to support themselves without payments from their former husband or wife.

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