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Schwarzenegger Amends Divorce Deal with Son's Recovery

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By Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter
July 27, 2011|7:14 pm

The divorce documents of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver have been amended to indicate that Shriver would receive spousal support, following their son Christopher’s return home from hospital.

Shriver officially filed for a divorce from Schwarzenegger two weeks ago stating the reason as "irreconcilable differences" and called for spousal support.

New documents show that Schwarzenegger has backpedaled on his decision to resist Shriver’s request for spousal support. On Monday, the former California governor submitted new paperwork that indicates he could be willing to support Shriver financially, as well as cover both party’s legal fees, after their divorce is finalized.

Shriver and Schwarzenegger have four children together, two of whom are adults.

In divorce court documents, Shriver seeks joint custody of their 17-year-old son Patrick and 13-year-old son Christopher.

Last week, Christopher sustained broken bones and a crushed lung from a surfing accident. The injuries, said at first to be life-threatening, required Christopher to spend over a week in hospital.

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Christopher was released Monday, and Shriver tweeted the following day, “Blessed to be able to take Christopher out of the hospital last night, what a feeling of relief to know that he’s going to be fine.”

Shriver added, “Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. The whole family, especially Christopher, felt your love. We were very lucky. Many patients and families we met have been there so long and have no end in sight. I pray for their recovery.”

The amendment made by Schwarzenegger to the divorce document is attributed by critics to be a result of a possible oversight, and fixed after it had been brought to his attention; but the change to the legal document allegedly came directly after the welcome news of Christopher’s recovery.

Schwarzenegger, 63, admitted to fathering a child out of wedlock during his marriage to Shriver, and announced their separation in May.

Shriver is expected to receive half of the former couple’s assets according to California law - given that a prenuptial agreement was not signed before her marriage to Schwarzenegger in 1986. She could receive up to $200 million.

 

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