Maria Shriver filed for divorce on July 1, 2011, citing "irreconcilable differences" to dissolve her 25-year marriage to former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Maria Shriver filed for divorce on July 1, 2011, citing “irreconcilable differences” to dissolve her 25-year marriage to former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The couple separated in early May after Schwarzenegger announced he had fathered a child outside of his marriage. Shriver’s petition proposed that she and Schwarzenegger share joint custody of their two minor sons, Patrick, 17, and Christopher. They also have two adult daughters, Katherine and Christina. The filing did not detail the assets to be divided between Shriver and Schwarzenegger. Full article.

Maria Shriver filed for divorce in California. California is a community property state, where there is a presumption of equal division of property. In a community property state, marriage is viewed as a community and each spouse is a member that contributes equally. Upon divorce, each spouse has a right to equal division of property, although separate property that may have been owned or retained separately will not get distributed equally. New York is not a community property state, but follows an equitable distribution system. There are several factors weighed in determining what is equitable and fair. Judges are afforded great discretion in rendering what may be “tough justice,” in that distribution may not necessarily be about equal distribution, rather it is about what is fair. NY divorce law

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