(CNN) – A family court judge in Charleston, South Carolina, has granted Jenny Sanford's request for a divorce from her husband, Gov. Mark Sanford.
She filed for divorce last December, saying reconciliation efforts with her husband were unsuccessful after he carried on a year-long affair with an Argentine woman he called his "soulmate."
Jenny Sanford, who has been separated from her husband since last summer, appeared in the courtroom. The governor was not in attendance.
The judge said the divorce will become official at some point in March when the paperwork can be entered into court records.
Read Mark Sanford's statement after the jump:
Columbia, S.C. – February 26, 2010 – The governor simply stands by what he said in December, when he said:
"While it is not the course I would have hoped for, or would choose, I want to take full responsibility for the moral failure that led us to this tragic point. Jenny is a great person, and has been a remarkable wife, mother and First Lady. She has been more than gracious these last six months and gone above and beyond in her patience and commitment to put the needs of others in front of her own. While our family structure may change, I know that we will both work earnestly to be the best mom and dad we can be to four of the finest boys on earth.
"I will join with her in asking the press to respect our shared desire for privacy as we quietly move forward. We respectively ask for your prayers."
He reiterates that last point, in asking for prayers for he, Jenny and the boys – and again respectfully asks for privacy on these matters relating to the family.