Maria Shriver Hires a High-Powered Divorce Attorney

Maria Shriver Hires a High-Powered Divorce Attorney

Heartbroken Maria Shriver is moving on. She was recently seen out for lunch with daughter Katherine and son Christopher at a sushi restaurant in Brentwood, California.

A witness said Shriver looked "preoccupied during lunch with phone calls and barely touched her food."

But friends say it's a mistake to portray her as a total wreck following the jaw-dropping revelation of her cheating husband's secret love child with the maid.

"This is an empowered woman who knows what she wants in life." [Source: CNN]

Joey Bartolomeo of People magazine told INSIDE EDITION, "She seems to be looking strong and keeps it together when she's in public. One longtime friend of Maria's said that she's a strong woman and she will come out okay in this whole thing."

Shriver has lawyered up, hiring well-known divorce attorney Laura Wasser, who has represented Britney Spears and Angelina Jolie. But divorce may not be in Shriver's immediate future. People.com reports she "hasn't decided yet if she wants to end her marriage."

Shriver clearly has the support of her four children. The kids are said to be protectively "circling the wagons" around her.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is said to be totally on the outs with his kids after the stunning revelation that he had a love child with the family maid.

According to a source close to the ex-governor, Schwarzenegger is rambling around the family's huge mansion in Brentwood all alone. He knows he made a terrible mistake and is willing to do whatever it takes to regain his children's trust.

Schwarzenegger and Shriver's oldest daughter, Katherine, is still struggling with the family drama, tweeting this message today:

"Everything happens for a reason, the hard part is finding out what that reason is."

Sarah Palin lashed out at her fellow Republican ex-governor on Fox Business Network.

"I feel so bad for the children. It's an irresponsible and really, pretty disgusting thing that he did," said Palin.

And we're getting our first look inside the mansion where Schwarzenegger and Baena carried on their now infamous relationship.

Before moving to their Brentwood compound, Schwarzenegger and Shriver lived in a swanky seven bedroom home for 18 years.

Patty Baena was hired to cook and clean in 1991 and she and Shriver lived in the same house together while both were pregnant with Schwarzenegger's children.

The gorgeous house is now on the market for $23.5 million. Now we know the perfect dream home sheltered a shocking family secret.