Arnie Doesn't Want to Pay Shriver Spousal Support

Schwarzenegger rejects wife's request, according to court documents
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2011 5:35 AM CDT
Then-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver pose for photos at a summit in 2009.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

(Newser) – Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn't want to pay spousal support or cover all attorney fees for Maria Shriver as their 25-year marriage comes to an end, according to court papers filed Wednesday. Divorce lawyers say the request is unusual and may be a sign that the former governor believes Shriver will receive enough assets in the divorce to live comfortably off the interest. The couple don't have a prenuptial agreement, so Shriver will be entitled to half of her soon-to-be ex-husband's assets under California law.

Shriver had asked for support in her divorce filing. "His position is probably that she's going to have enough money that she won't need the support," a divorce specialist tells the Los Angeles Times. "Either that, or he's being really aggressive." Schwarzenegger's plans for an acting comeback ground to a temporary halt after he disclosed that he had fathered a child with his housekeeper, but he recently signed a deal to star in western Last Stand. (Read more Arnold Schwarzenegger stories.)

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