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Arnold Schwarzenegger Says He Fathered A Child Out-of-Wedlock

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was married to former First Lady Maria Shriver for 25 years, recently admitted that he had fathered a child more than ten years ago with a former household employee, according to the Los Angeles Times.

As many Chicago residents may have heard, Shriver and Schwarzenegger officially announced their separation a week ago without initially mentioning what had caused the split. Shriver, who has four children between the ages of 13 and 21 with Schwarzenegger, had also moved out of their home in Brentwood, California.

But after Schwarzenegger’s admission earlier this week, Maria Shriver explained that this was just “a painful and heartbreaking time” for her and her children. Shriver also sent a Twitter message to her followers, thanking them for “the kindness, support and compassion. I am humbled by the love.”

Schwarzenegger, 63, disclosed the event to Shriver after he had left the governor’s office and said he took “full responsibility for the hurt I have caused … I am truly sorry.”

The Los Angeles Times reported that the staff member had worked for the family for 20 years but retired this past January. A source said the former governor assumed financial responsibility for the child since birth and continues to offer support for the child.

Most complicated cases like this in Chicago, however, may often involve issues regarding child support. Typically, a court will decide on the amount of child support a parent must pay in the event a married couple goes through a separation or divorce, according to FindLaw.

However, FindLaw also writes that an unmarried mother can also legally force the father of her child to pay for child support, since both parents have a duty to support their child, whether they are married or not.

To learn more about your legal rights when it comes to child support, seek legal counsel from an experience family law attorney.

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