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. Jim

    Ms Sanford, you are a tough lady. Showed a lot of class. As a Christian, hate to see anyone divorce but understand that it takes two. My prayers will be with you as you move forward. Wish you every success.

    February 26, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. RCasson

    Excellent move. I hope she finds someone new to share her life with. Sanford is a total ass.

    February 26, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. Dean

    For Martin in Atlanta........Being Christian and wanting prayer does not mean that man is free from sin, or hypocritical by praying. As the saying goes, Christians aren't perfect, just forgiven.

    February 26, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. J Jamison

    Bonnie – I guess you've never heard of an Interlocutory point of the divorce. Check in w/city hall before you think po fok get treated with less than the rich. NC – could be a relative. LOL

    February 26, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. tiredofit

    no bonnie from sc...money wasn't in play here with a quick divorce. if you read the law it states that infidelity is grounds for a quicker divorce. again-not a money issue-but a legal one. read before you speak.

    February 26, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. PT Byrd

    Don't worry about Governor Sanford - LOL - as if any of us actually are. His secret religious cult (The Family) on C street in Washington will take very good care of him. I sure wish someone would delve into that little den of iniquity. All of a sudden the news has dried up regarding C Street. It's very strange that a "secret" religion that influences many, many high ranking members of our government isn't being fully investigated.

    February 26, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. dk

    Good for Jenny. The SC legislature doesn't have the guts to dump the guy because, if they are like the GA legislature, they are all having affairs with their legislative interns and lobbyists.

    February 26, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Johnny Salami

    I've been divorced so many times it actually IS funny. Just because Mark Sanford had an affair (no, I never did) he's not a dirt bag.

    He's a dirt bag because he plays off the well-known South Carolina ignorance and fear for political gain.

    February 26, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. Lisa

    Good luck Jenny. Don't look back.

    February 26, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. JohnRJ08

    I think Jenny finally realized that the issue wasn't her husband's infidelity. It was his utter stupidity. You can make amends for unfaithfulness. But you can't expect an idiot to suddenly get some brains.

    February 26, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. Real American

    Them are some real Family Values you got there Mr. Sanford, you betcha. You and your state are a perfect fit.

    February 26, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. proud dem in nc

    another phony Rethuglican scumbag.!!! When is this loser up for re-election.??

    February 26, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. pa. independent

    Good for you Jenny. Enjoy life now. I would think twice before ever marrying again.

    February 26, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. Steve (the real one)

    Funny thing about these southern, evangelical christian politicians; they cannot live up to the values they claim to have
    As a fair minded conseravtive, I would have to agree. My only argument is your brush is too broad! Keeping in mind those who do live their principles NEVER seem to make the news or the ticker! We all paint with broad brushes and we are ALL wrong when we do it!

    February 26, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. COL

    "Fed Up," well said. I wish her the best, she made the best decision for her and her family.

    February 26, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. Carole

    I am happy for Jenny. I wish her all the best as she ventures out to a new beginning. She is obviously a strong, intelligent, educated woman who will bounce back quickly. Too bad I cannot say the same for her ex. SC can deal with him for the rest of his term. Then let's see if his soulmate wants him after this scandal. It sucks to be you, Mark.

    February 26, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Deb Printup

    How refreshing! You and your sons deserve better than the way you were treated.

    February 26, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. jetrcmsp

    How did this get to be Political News? Should not this be in the entertainment section or the gossip column. What a waste of electrons by CNN.....................

    February 26, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. Mikeminnc

    Hows that nonunion made Toyota workin for ya?
    February 26th, 2010 12:40 pm ET

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

    How's that non-union made Toyota working for me? In comparison to what? The decades of crappy cars produced by UAW in conjunction with the Big Three? Thanks just the same, I'll take my Toyota – even with the Dept of Transportation and Congress trying their best to scandalize Toyota by overblowing the recall....in hopes of helping the Big Three gain market share...sure beats trying to figure out how to monkey with the free trade laws....

    February 26, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. wayne

    Jenny Sanford deserves so much better. I suggest, in the words of the George Strait song, "She Let Herself Go....."

    February 26, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. Just the facts

    Let's hope her privacy wishes are respected. I suspect this is not very pleasant.

    February 26, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. Jozef

    A true Republican is a family man – like Mike Sanford; and ntelligent – like Sarah Palin;

    February 26, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. freda

    Although Mrs. Sanford unfortuately married a scum bag, at least something wonderful happened during their marriage – their sons. He was unworthy from day 1, although he did let it be known to her that he was not going to be faithful. It's so sad what parents put their children through. Hopefully, they will learn from their father what not to be.

    February 26, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. dan in capitola

    I think she is one cool chick but I don't know what she ever saw in Mr. Gadget. What a dweeb! Go on and live it up, Jenny.

    February 26, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. calvin

    This is not a new story. the 2 people who it was important 2 should be left alone. just because he is an elected person some matter are private.,

    February 26, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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