February 26th, 2010
02:32 PM ET
12 years ago

Jenny Sanford granted divorce from South Carolina governor

(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.


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soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. JAP

    Wolf Blitizer mentioned, for about five seconds, that a story was coming up about the adulterer Mark Stanford (Republican Governor) and the granting of a divorce to his wife Jenny. He seems to have forgotten to give us the story as promised but I guess substituting a private story about Tiger Woods is more important than discussing immorality in the life of our representatives like Stanford who hold Public office. Is Wolf Blitzer a Reporter or a Republican?

    February 26, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. MonasteryMonkey

    Oh goodie, Now she can write a book on getting a divorce. Something like Divorce for Dummies.

    February 26, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. Mimi

    It's just another case of a man not being able to keep an appendage in his pants! Typical.

    February 26, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. George

    Mark Sanford is a hypocrite. His soon to be ex-wife deserved better from day one. He has set a poor example for his sons. I agree we should not paint all so-called southern conservatives with the same brush – only the ones that wear their so-called values or religion on their sleeves.

    Mark Sanford recently tried to remake his image as a sort of intellectual when he contributed an article for Newsweek (it could have been Time, I get both). His article was about how a certain conservative author changed his life. He praised the author who was a noted Nazi sympathizer that also had a rather unconventional view of marriage vows. They both make me want to puke. (sorry, I got carried away).

    Crawl back under your rock Mark.

    But, I am sure you will be back in some form, since the average American voter is an idiot bigot with a short memory. God help us all (or we get what we deserve).

    February 26, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  5. jmack

    Bet Mark is really, really upset. Now she write a book about life without the Gov and cash in again. Should have dumped her years ago.

    February 26, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. Phil

    Mark Sanford, like you and me, is entitled to be happy in life. Maybe Jenny Sanford is not enough of a woman to make him happy. Who knows? But this is what a husband does when the wife is not there for him.

    February 26, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. repntenn

    I don't know what actually caused the marital problems, but I feel sorry for Mrs. Sanford and the kids. Governor Sanford is the perfect example of the hubris of conservative politicians and should serve as a lesson to us all.

    February 26, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Only persons I feel for are the children. As for the ex-Mrs Sanford and Gov Sanford, let them go their own ways. Let the ex-Mrs Sanford continue to believe she is a member of the "beautiful people;" go out and find her a younger man with staying power, and an ignorant mind, who will give her the physical pleasures she has been missing. Let Gov Sanford board the next plane to Argentina, jump in bed with his lovely lady friend, drink a little vino, and say: "Thanks, God....It's finally over;" then, jump back in bed.

    February 26, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
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