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When Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger announced they were separating after 25 years of marriage, it was clear the decision wasn’t made lightly. What wasn’t clear, however, was what the couple’s next steps would be. Would they divorce? Or work toward one day getting back together? “This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us,” they said in a joint statement released May 9. “…At this time, we are living apart, while we work on the future of our relationship.”
Evidently, there were signs of trouble in their relationship for some time, with reports that Shriver, 55, moved out of their home and into a Beverly Hills hotel months ago. Still, she and Schwarzenegger have continued to see each other, even celebrating Easter, Mother's Day and their 25th wedding anniversary together.
Anyone who's been in a similar situation -- whether married or not -- can sympathize with the feelings Shriver is likely experiencing during this time of transition, as she decides whether to move forward with or without her significant other.
Transition, in fact, has been a big theme for Shriver ever since her husband left office five months ago. She has spoken openly about her struggle over “what’s next,” even posting a video in March -- without her wedding ring, it’s been noted -- asking fans for advice on how they managed their own transitions, whether “personal, professional, emotional, spiritual, [or] financial.”
So we’re heeding Shriver’s call for advice, with wisdom from iVillage experts for Shriver and others facing similar questions in their relationships.
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