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Maria, Arnold Can Deal with Divorce in the Spotlight

What celebrity divorce do you think will go down as 2011’s biggest news story?  For many, it will be the divorce between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. The couple’s 25-year marriage ended in May of this year after news broke of Arnold’s affair with a former household worker. The affair led to a son whom Arnold failed to tell Maria about for 14 years. In fact, both the family’s housekeeper and Maria were pregnant at the same time in the fall of 1997 with Arnold’s children.

Arnold’s and Maria’s handling of their divorce could serve as a blueprint for other celebrity couples, though. John K. Grubb of John K. Grubb & Associates, P.C. commented that the couple’s years in the spotlight have prepared them better than most couples. He says that “Maria and Arnold are very media savvy – they are the publicity experts. Additionally, both Maria and Arnold are very smart, astute business people…I think Maria and Arnold are going to be telling their attorneys what to do.”

The divorce started a little rocky, with Arnold reportedly refusing to provide alimony to Maria and refusing to pay for her attorney fees, but Arnold had a change of heart a few weeks later. He will be doing both once their divorce finalizes. Maria is set to walk away from the marriage with somewhere in the neighborhood of $100-200 million. Once the two sides come to a settlement, Maria’s worth stands to at least double.

How do you think Arnold and Maria have handled their divorce? Proceedings have appeared so far to be going smoothly. Acknowledging the infidelity that led the divorce, Arnold has been willing to give up more in the hopes of not dragging things out. His concessions are helping things move along.

John K. Grubb & Associates, P.C. – Houston divorce attorneys

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