[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/12/29/art.rove.gi.jpg caption="Karl Rove and his wife have been granted a divorce."]
(CNN) - Karl Rove - the former top aide to President George W. Bush - and his wife, Darby, were granted a divorce last week, family friend Dana Perino confirmed to CNN.
"The couple came to the decision mutually and amicably, and they maintain a close relationship and a strong friendship. There will be no further comment and the family requests that its privacy be respected," Perino said in an e-mail to CNN.
The two were married in 1986 and have one son.