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. steveneclem

    Bonnie has a point - the laws of SC (as I understand them) require separation for a full year. I don't begrudge Jenny her divorce, but why do she and Mark get to have a different set of rules applied to them?

    February 26, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. Jack

    Jenny is a bitter woman, watch her in any recent interview.
    Mark is better off without the shrew.

    February 26, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. SCOTO

    Good to see Sanford getting told by his wife to "take a hike" This time not on the Applachian trail.

    February 26, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. Sue

    Maybe the GOV can share facilities with the TIGER and his other political DICKS

    February 26, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. Susan

    How can you stay in the office as Governor of a state and leave the office, the state, the COUNTRY, THE CONTINENT without telling where you are. E(ven if you tell where you want people to '"think you are." ) Most bosses fire you for that type of juvenile irresponsibility. I think the people of South Carolina are not dumb and I think they deserve a better governor than what's his name.

    February 26, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Dave

    Buddha says that people who succumb to infidelity are spiritually weak and unhealthy. What does that say about Mark Sanford. I hope she gets full custody of those boy's with no visitation. Would anyone want that "man" to be a role model?

    February 26, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    It's time to stop saying ugly things about this man, divorced is painful especially for the children. I pray both parents do all that's possible to insure their childrens physical and mental growth and that's all that's important.

    February 26, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Kitty

    I don't agree with her politics or his, but I think she finally did the right thing by showing him the door. It sounds like this was just the latest in a long series of horrible behavior from Sanford. He was a crappy husband and he is a crappy governor.

    February 26, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. anhthu

    Congratulations, Governor. You are now a free man, free of this ugly soul who claims to be a victim and capitalizes from it. You are the one Staying True to your feelings, to your principles. Best wishes.

    February 26, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Speculator

    I live in SC and I am glad for her. She is a strong woman. Mark Sanford, IMHO, should have been impeached for abandoning his office...and I am a conservative.

    February 26, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. Wisconsonite - End the Anti-Trust Exemption for Insurance Companies!

    Good for her! Now if only the people of South Carolina would wise up and "divorce" him as well.

    February 26, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. ToughLove

    How does this man's sins make those Christian values illegitimate? Traditional Christian family values are now the problem? The problem is that HE DID NOT LIVE UP TO THE STANDARD AND THAT IS WHAT IS SO DEVASTATING!
    Why don't some of you get it? Maybe because you want to live without restraint...just like Sanford did?

    February 26, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Liz

    This is for Bonnie. You can get a faster divorce in SC if infidelity is PROVEN. Mark took care of that! The one year situation is for a no-fault and this was surely our governor's fault! I will be glad when his term is over! Best of luck to Jenny and the boys! I have a lot of respect for her and her devotion to her children.

    February 26, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. ted

    Mark Sanford is all about family values, when it is expedient for him. Typical GOP response.

    As to Jennie, good for her. She deserves better than what she got from Mark.

    February 26, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. Lonny

    Dem Trolls,

    Stop bringing politics into it. I am not republican, so you can hold off on that. This was a personal situation. Could it affect the people? Yes, but a lot of dems here better think twice before casting any stones. Just because Hillary didn't divorce Bill, it doesn't make it any less of a situation, and he was the president!

    At least Sanford had the where with all to admit to it.


    February 26, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. Renee' McDuffie

    Right on Jenny it took alot courage to do what you did. Just keep your hand in Gods' hand and he will see you through. It took a strong Mother to show her boys who will one day be men that you don't treat a woman like Mark treated you. It is not wrong to fall out of love with someone but it is wrong to fall out of love and not be honest about it. When you gave him a chance to reconcile your marriage he should have said to you then Jenny that he did not love you anymore. He could have saved you and your boys the grief and embarrasment of not making his soulmate public. If he cheated on you he will cheat on his soulmate. I guess the only good thing that come out of your marriage was your kids. God Bless keep your head to the sky.

    February 26, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. Guest

    She certainly got a raw deal in her marriage, not denying that. And, I'm not absolving him of his guilt, he instigated all of this. But Jenny has to accept at least a small part of the blame for putting herself in this situation, in the fact that it is well understood that he purposefully left out the "promise to be faithful" part of their wedding vows. That should have sent up RED FLAGS for anyone! How could she have seriously expected a solid, secure marriage, and a faithful husband with that kind of a beginning?

    February 26, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. Tom J

    What is all this bashing of the GOP? Do I need to list the names within the "other" party that shown similiar behavior?

    February 26, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Peter, NC

    I have much more respect for a woman like Jenny than someone who tolerates infidelity like Hilary or Erin. One should not tolerate infidelity for political or financial convenience ( or for any other reason ). Those who are unfaithful, male or female ( including David Letterman, Tiger Woods, Mark Sanford, John Terry ) do not belong in public office or as celebrities. If only more people who would put integrity and principles ahead of whatever "talent" or fame a person has. But unfortunately, too many people do not take their vows seriously and too many people tolerate infidelity.

    February 26, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. Russ, Benton, AR

    Love does strange things to men as well as women. I was in love one time but my wife found out , and that's the way love goes.

    February 26, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. MT

    Aren't they conservative Christians? I thought Jesus hated divorces? Does this mean they'll both go to hell? that's gotta hurt.

    February 26, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. malsings07

    Now that he will be free his mistress won't find the whole affair exciting, the sneaking is part of the affair.

    February 26, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. grammar police

    "in asking for prayers for HIM, Jenny and the boys..."
    You need a good editor.

    February 26, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. LBW

    In SC you can divorce on adultery or physical cruelty in 90 days. Good luck Jenny.

    February 26, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. Pat F

    BFD, if you'll pardon my french.

    February 26, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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