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Arnold and Maria

It Doesn't Make Sense!

7/22/2011 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

There is a connection between the divorce of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, and the statement Arnold and Maria gave TMZ regarding the injury of their son -- and it just doesn't add up.

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Their statement regarding Christopher's injuries presents what appears to be a united front -- Arnold and Maria side by side. But just days earlier -- while Maria was bedside with Christopher in ICU -- Arnold's lawyer filed a response to Maria's divorce petition that borders on insulting and cruel.

As TMZ first reported, Arnold is asking the judge to shut down Maria's request for spousal support. Even worse, he's asking the judge to order Maria to pay her own lawyer's fees -- in a divorce triggered by Arnold's misdeeds.

Sources connected with the couple tell us, Arnold's legal docs have been hurtful to Maria -- and that's an understatement.

If we may offer an opinion ... it's hard to believe Arnold is so callous that he would challenge Maria at a time when she is emotionally distraught over her son.

The more likely scenario is that Arnold's lawyer went off on his own, checked the boxes he normally checks on the divorce docs, and simply filed them.

The question -- will Arnold order his lawyer to amend his response, so he is not challenging Maria's right to support or attorney's fees?

Stay tuned ...


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WhatsNews?    

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lol... mcx7.com

1155 days ago
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some guy    

@TMZ


Whoa... careful now. Sounds like journalistic impartiality is at risk with this story.

1155 days ago
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Dragon Tattoo    

Poor Maria:(, She deserves everything she asks in her divorce AND MORE!!

1155 days ago
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Maria    

No spouse should be entitled to spousal support with 200 mil in her pocket already. Maria Shriver is looking like a royal hypocrite. She has always presented herself as a spokesperson for the "empowered" women, and here she is eager to needlessly take on the role of dependent ex-wife. Someone is not walking-the-walk. No matter which way she turns it, she is mostly living off of Arnold's bucks. May their son recover quickly and fully.

1155 days ago
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shayelyn    

SOP for divorces. One party files do***ents, the other party counterfiles. Offer nothing the first time around then then the other party submits what they want and it goes from there. Negotiation. Not necessarily cruel, just the way divorces go. But the timing does blow.

1155 days ago
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edub    

WHy would he? SHe is gonna get the majority share already of the nearly 500 million dollars in assets they shared as a couple.

SHe doens't need support (monitarily) or her attorney's fees to be paid for.

1155 days ago
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some guy    

I mean, you make a compelling argument that Arnold or one of his lawyers might be using this time, when Maria is distraught over their child, to try and get something changed in the divorce settlement. Very Machiavellian.

Still and all, it's all speculative.

1155 days ago
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Kathy    

I get it. Its Maria and Arnold. But, how many times are we going to hear the same facts rehashed?

1155 days ago
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Shageen    

She is going to be getting HALF his money. Minimum 150 Million Dollars.. I think she can afford her own lawyer and doesn't need support.

1155 days ago
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user1    

Just cause he cheated, he shouldn't have to keep giving her more and more money- he has given her a lot of money already. I think he should at least pay for the attorney fees, but he should not have to pay for spousal support. She already got half of his money, and has her Kennedy money. How much more money does she need?

1155 days ago
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Joshua    

Ok guys, this Arnold v Maria stuff is out of control. You write this whole post trying to create conflict then say that the attorney is doing what attorneys do. And then, after finally writing 2 true sentences, go right back to saying Arnold should stop this to save Maria the distress. WTF? Come the eff on!! The attys handle all of this bs and contact the client when necessary to discuss compromises. Get off this crap.

1155 days ago
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Stiletto    

A lawyer has a fiduciary responsibilty to act on behalf of his client...as if he IS the client. 99% of this crap is never given the Okie-Dokey by either side...it is just the lawyers doing what they were hired and paid to do.

1155 days ago
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meef    

so lawyers are supposed to care about opponents' feelings now? if she didn't want to play hardball she shouldn't have hired Wasser. business is business. and Kaufman's business is to look out for Arnold's interests. period.

@David - i hope you're kidding. TMZ and journalism do not belong in the same sentence.

1155 days ago
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John    

ARNOLD AND MARIA WILL BE FINE. NOW LET'S GET ON THAT RYAN SEACREST GROPING HIS GIRLFRIEND -- THE STORY, OR MORE IMPORTANTLY THE COVER UP OF THE STORY. (IT WAS NEWS AND PICTURES ON OTHER SITES)
LESSER STORIES HAVE APPEARED ON TMZ. WHAT'S UP?

1155 days ago
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margaret    

maria doesn't derserve a dime over her half of the community property! she let her marriage fall appart just as much as arnold did. they're both wealthier than sh*t. maria, if you don't want to pay attorney's fees then don't get into a battle, do what all smart wealthy people do: settle amicably.

1155 days ago
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