Shriver lets Schwarzenegger keep house

Ameena Schelling Freelance Writer
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News broke yesterday about the California state law that could allow Maria Shriver to walk away from former husband and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger with up to half of his estimated $400 million estate.

These millions would add to Shriver’s already sizable personal wealth, derived from a combination of her share of the Kennedy family fortune and savings from her own successful career as a television newscaster.

Today, TMZ reported that the first part of the divorce arrangements had been settled, and that Shriver is letting Schwarzenegger keep the family’s Brentwood, Calif., home. The news comes one day after it was revealed that Shriver was set to purchase a $10 million home, also in Brentwood and on the same street as Arianna Huffington’s house. According to TMZ, Shriver’s deal is in escrow but solid.

The couple reportedly hopes to live in nearby houses in order to ease the burden of the divorce for their two minor children. In her divorce filing, Shriver requested custody of Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 13, but sources told TMZ that the couple may be planning for shared custody.

Shriver married the actor 25 years ago without a prenup. The couple separated in May after Schwarzenegger admitted to fathering a child with the couple’s former housekeeper, and Shriver filed for divorce on July 1 citing irreconcilable differences.