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. Chris

    Good for Jenny. She has held her head high, despite the dirt he has shoveled. She extended herself, gave him a chance, and he didn't take it. Big loss for him.

    February 26, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Susan

    I salute this woman for being such a calm person, who kept her dignity and sense of self throughout this stupid man's antics. What a shame, when the people you support and care for turn out to be so unworthy of your trust. I imagine one of the worst things about the whole thing is the realization that the person you've been with is such an idiot. But now she has a chance to start fresh; good for her.

    February 26, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Liberty Queen

    Way to go Jenny! Goodbye and good riddance Mark!

    February 26, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. givemecrat

    at least she had more courage than hillary and more self respect

    February 26, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. BJs65

    Good for Jenny. You deserve a whole lot better.

    February 26, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. fred l. fraud

    hot babe on the loose

    February 26, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Angie in PA

    Good for her now if SC would diviorce him that would be great or maybe now he will move to Argentina to be with his soul mate!

    February 26, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Guest

    Somone who gets a divorce can not start preaching religion. Its very hypocritical. Typical Politician.

    February 26, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Sue

    I wonder if Gov. Sanford is self-aware enough to see his hypocrisy today. This 'man' dedicated much of his time as an elected official making sure a large segment of our society was prevented from enjoying the same rights as everyone else. He decided that the Declaration of Independence did not apply to gays, and in his infinite wisdom, determined that "All men are created equal", the cornerstone of our country's political philosophy, applied only to those who agreed with his chosen way of life. He said that the sanctity of marriage would be destroyed if gays were allowed to marry. Well, Governor, today the last of your integrity is gone. You have certainly left your mark on the sanctity of marriage. You are a cheater, a liar, and worst of all, a hypocrite. You tried to keep other Americans down because you thought you were superior to them. I hope you enjoy your place in history as a laughingstock.

    February 26, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Finally, a woman who says "no thank you" to her politician husband after he makes a mockery of their marriage.

    February 26, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Disenchanted Voter

    Wow....what shocking news. I thought they might deny her petition for divorce.

    February 26, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. david, CA

    can Jenny or any of the rest of us be granted a divorce from the GOP?
    You know, the abusive, cheating, lying, hypocritical party of denial – GOP.

    February 26, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Hows that nonunion made Toyota workin for ya?

    She should go on vacation too and find herself a real man.

    February 26, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Go in peace, Jenny.

    February 26, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Laverne

    If you ever decide to remarry, if he wants to leave out the fidelity part of his vows, please walk away, I promise you it will save you from a lot of heartache!

    February 26, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. Bob, SC

    Sure, keep it quiet. I just wish that We the People of South Carolina
    could divorce him from office. He needs to go!!!

    February 26, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. nuser

    Mark Sanford had his cake and ate it too.He could have spared his family a lot of grief, had he only resigned.

    February 26, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Fed Up

    Thank you Mrs. Sanford. This will show all of the other political wives that there is lstill a good life without a politician jerk for a husband. You are a great lady and deserve better than what you had.

    February 26, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Grog in Ohio

    Exactly how is gossip now making it to "political ticker"? And CNN wonders what's wrong with their ratings???

    February 26, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. Dan A

    Sanford will live to regret the day he lost one of the classiest woman in politics !!! His Argentine woman who is much younger than he will end up dumping this guy as he gets older !! Than whats left Mark ???

    February 26, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. General Sherman

    I should have finished the job,my bad.

    February 26, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Kate

    Thank you Jenny. I wish you well. Would you consider running for some office? We need people like you, someone strong,some who is her own person. What a wonderful mother your boys have!

    February 26, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Right on, Sue!!!! Just about every single [R] politician is mired in the same hypcrisy as Sanford, and not a few [D]s.

    February 26, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Rick Shreiner

    I wish Jenny Sanford well, but let's not forget that this is a person that blamed the breakdown of her family/marriage on a the decline in "family values" caused by homosexual marriage ! ! !
    At some point in time you have to get real and understand that it was her husband that flushed family values for her marriage, not anyone else.

    February 26, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. Samuel S

    While I understand how hard it could be for a marriage to recover from adultery, I think that all marriages should work. Some of the most important things in marriages are communication, honesty, and individuals who have lost trust should continuously work to gain that trust back. Gaining trust back is a really big obstacle in a marriage where someone has been unfaithful and usually requires marriage counseling. In my opinion, I think marriage counseling could have helped the Sanford's, if they would have found the proper counselor.

    February 26, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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