Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver’s decade-long divorce may finally be finalised soon

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver‘s divorce may finally be settled, almost a decade after they separated in July 2011.

In legal documents obtained by The Blast earlier this week, the 73-year-old Terminator star has filed a “declaration of disclosure” — indicating that the case is “coming to an end.”

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Sources close to the situation told the publication that Schwarzenegger and his 65-year-old estranged wife are “trying to wrap things up and this is a good sign they are getting close.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver celebrates his 55th Birthday & Raises Funds for the After School Education and Safety Program Act in 2002.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver celebrates his 55th Birthday & Raises Funds for the After School Education and Safety Program Act in 2002. (WireImage)

Prior to Schwarzenegger’s filing recently, no action had been taken in his divorce case with his journalist wife in more than four years — the last had been a change of address for one of the Total Recall actor’s lawyers.

According to California-based law firm Kissinger Family Law, in order for spouses to finalise their divorce, a declaration of disclosure must be exchanged between them so they can finalise the agreement. This can include divided assets, solutions for support issues, and any other stipulated judgements.

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Shriver, who is part of the Kennedy family, filed for divorce from Schwarzenegger on July 1, 2011. A prenuptial agreement was not in place.

They had been married for 25 years, and share four children: Katherine, 31, Christina, 29, Patrick, 27, and Christopher, 23.

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Chris, Katherine, Maria, Arnold, Christina and Patrick together on Mother’s Day 2021. (Instagram)

Shriver filed for divorce after learning that Schwarzenegger had fathered a child, the now 23-year-old Joseph, with the family’s housekeeper of 20 years, Mildred Patricia Baena.

Shriver and Baena had actually been pregnant at the same time, often bonding over their pregnancy experiences.

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Joseph was born on October 2 1997, with Christopher, Shriver and Schwarzenegger’s fourth child, having been born only a few days earlier.

After years of Shriver noticing Joseph’s similar looks to whom she suspected was his father, it was confirmed in May 2011 that Schwarzenegger did have a fifth child.

Mildred Baena and son Joseph, Arnold Schwarzenegger, what happened
Mildred Baena and son Joseph. (Instagram)

Months prior to the news of Schwarzenegger’s infidelity breaking, Shriver reportedly knew that he was unfaithful, and confronted him about it in a couples’ therapy session earlier that year, as well as asking Baena “point-blank” if Schwarzenegger was the father of her baby.

Per TMZ, there was no fight for custody of the children between Schwarzenegger and Shriver as they both agreed to joint custody quite quickly.

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Luckily there was no custody arrangements to be made, as their children are minors. Although there have been “bumps along the way in hammering out a settlement,” in regards to the couple’s fortune, which was estimated to be US$400 million (approx. $527 million) at the time of the split and will be divided equally between the pair.

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger with his new wife Maria Shriver outside St. Francis Xavier Church after their wedding on April 26, 1986 in Hyannis, Massachusetts.
Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger with his new wife Maria Shriver outside St. Francis Xavier Church after their wedding on April 26, 1986 in Hyannis, Massachusetts. (Getty)

Despite the divorce, the former couple seem to be on good terms, often celebrating family occasions and their children’s milestones together.

Shriver is reportedly single, having dated on and off through the years.

Schwarzenegger, however, has been with girlfriend Heather Mulligan, 45, for four years.

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