The family drama in the Schwarzenegger-Shriver split just got a bit more complicated, as California's former Governor admitted to the media this week that he had fathered a child with one of his household staff members and that he had kept the secret from his wife for 10 years.
The 10-year-old love child is a reason why the 25-year marriage between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver is coming to an end. ABC News reports that the woman with whom Schwarzenegger reportedly fathered the child worked for the family until January of this year.
Schwarzenegger apparently continues to provide for the child financially.
With this case, the child support that Schwarzenegger pays was most likely set through a private agreement. If courts had been involved in any child support settlements, it's likely that the court records, if not the proceedings themselves would have been discovered.
Together, Schwarzenegger and Shriver have four children -- ranging in age from 14 to 21. Because they still have minor children, child support and child custody agreements from any dissolution of marriage that follows will have to be put in place.
More drama could be ignited during such proceedings, but it looks the question of divorce still hasn't yet been decided. Last week, the couple announced through a joint statement that they would be living apart and that they would later decide about the future of their relationship.
Shriver and Schwarzenegger said in their May 9 statement, "This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us. After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion, and prayer, we came to this decision together."
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