Washington: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s estranged wife Maria Shriver has said she does not want her children to be collateral damage on what is gearing up to possibly be a messy divorce, and is determined to protect them, it has emerged.
The couple, who has four children Katherine, 21, Christina, 19, Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 13, split after 25 years of marriage last month, shortly before it was publicly revealed Arnold fathered a child named Joseph, now 13, with the family’s former housekeeper Mildred ‘Patty’ Baena.
"Maria is extremely bright, and trusts her lawyer, Laura Wasser. Maria wants to ensure that she gets a fair settlement and that her children’s future is secure, that is all she cares about, period,” Contactmusic quoted a source as telling RadarOnline.com.
"Maria has already begun to move on from her failed marriage. She and Arnold do talk, they have to - they have four children together. It’s very likely that they will iron out a divorce settlement before they even file, and that is the goal.
"Maria knows that even though there will be a point when she is no longer married to Arnold, they will still have four children together. She doesn’t want the children to be collateral damage in all of this,” the source added.