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. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    I do wonder why Gov. Sanford has not bee impeached, for using state funds to visit his mistress and for being AWOL from his job?

    February 26, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Andy

    Thank goodness she dumped that bum!!!!
    Wishing you the best of luck with your future Jenny.

    February 26, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. Foresthiker

    So divorce him. Now your done. You have had your day in court! Now go about your private life as I don't care to hear of this affair again. Let's check in with your children when their older to see if they would have done what you have done.
    Oh and by the way were you a good lover?

    February 26, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. MG

    Bonnie: If you can claim adultery you don't have to wait a year in SC.

    February 26, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Bob of Lompoc

    Well, that's the end of a very sad event. That Governor needs the Wrecker Treatment – you phone a local wrecker company, and ask them to come to your house, hook you up to the chains and help you pull your head out of your butt.

    February 26, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. Kitchen Police

    Now that lizard brain governor can marry the Brazilian babe.

    February 26, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Jack

    All those family values that were shoved down our throats by the right wingnuts are looking pretty darn silly, I'd say. Heteros can do what they want in a marriage but they won't let Gays sign a marriage contract. Hypocrites the whole lot of them.

    February 26, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. evman

    How does this dirtbag live with himself, and why is he still in office.

    His kids suffer the most, unbelievable, no ethics or morals.

    February 26, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. maria

    Good for her! She can do better. I wonder where Mr Wonderful (Sanfords) mistress is now?

    February 26, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. ALG

    The problem with people in politics is that they become such great liars, cheats and deceivers in the name of politics and religion. I'm so discussed with the so called politicians of this country. Worst than the third world countries. Gov. Sanford and many other politicians who haven't gotten caught should rethink their values and leave politics and stay out of the public eye.

    February 26, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. GO Away mark

    Good Move Jenny!!!! Pay back is a Mother .......Your Soul Mate Will Drop Your Fake Christian A$$

    February 26, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. GO Away mark

    Move On Jenny!!!! Pay back is a Mother Mark.......Your Soul Mate Will Drop Your Fake Christian A$$

    February 26, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. Sandy

    Not that I agree with Mark Sanford's behavior . . . but please, Kitchen Police, open a Rand McNally Atlas and look for Argentina. Clue: It is not in Brasil!

    February 26, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. Sandy

    That's Brazil in English. I used the foreign spelling, "Brasil."

    February 26, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. al

    i say she should forgive him stay with him and make him real REAL sorry. 'Love your enemies and do good to those who despitefully use you'.... you always reap what you sow... his is coming!!! i'd be getting roses/everything he got...$$$ like EVRDAY!

    February 26, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. BLAZER72450

    Time to go get a new man Jenny.We like thongs on you older chicks.Try not to sleep with Tiger Woods he will only hurt your feelings and put a blemish on your chracter.Ask his soon to be ex wife. He only goes for blonde white women like the rest of the black sports people if you wanna call golf a sport.Good luck.

    February 26, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. mike

    why is it that when the republican get in trouble with cheating or just
    being dishonest that they like to include the democrats lets get
    something strait democrats never said there crap doesn't stink
    but the republicans always do so when they screw up they don't
    have the balls to stand on there own

    February 26, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. Ellie

    Ok, isn't the truth really that all relationship issues are usually about two people? It is easy to blame him because he was the one who looked outside their marriage for love, but what about her role in not noticing something was missing? I just think that it is never black and white and we don't (and shouldn't!) know the details of their marriage. Trust, companionship, support, love – all of these can be broken down over time, and maybe he was just unable to stand the hypocrisy of living a lie. In some ways I thought it took courage for him to stand true and claim that he had found a soulmate, given the political backlash he must have know would occur. I say good for him that he broke free, and I hope that they both find happiness. And hey, it is a much better example for their sons that they are honest rather than to fake a marriage and sleepwalk through life.

    February 26, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. Sherri

    to Mike, the first poster, please learn to spell and to use punctuation, such as periods. It will make your posts much easier to read.

    I am glad Ms. Sanford is moving on. She is a very nice looking lady and if she so desires, I'm sure she can find another companion. As for Mr.Sanford, good riddance.

    February 26, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. marias

    Its Argentine babe not Brazilian.

    February 26, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. Josie

    He made a statement and called his "soulmate" a moral failure? This guy just doesn't know when to quit or keep his mouth shut. i wonder what she would think about being called that? I only say that because he was allegedly seen with her in NYC a few months ago engaged in some serious PDA. Whatever. Save it dude. And then he goes on to say this is not the path he would have chosen. Yeah, because if he can have the wife at home taking care of the house and the kids and his hot girl on the side he'd have the best of both worlds. Go crawl under a rock. Oh and keep your mouth shut because everything that comes out of it is a LIE!!! I do wish her the best and hope she can just move on.

    February 26, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. yen

    Just to wish her well, peace and calm.

    February 26, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. barbo2000

    He wants our prayers – why on earth would anyone pray for this guy?

    February 26, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. FloridaRes

    Hey Ellie – are you a j@rk? Somehow it is her fault that he strayed all the way to Argentina to his "soulmate" because there was something missing in their marriage. Well let's see – maybe HE was the thing missing from the marriage because he was looking everywhere for others. Ellie – are you the other woman in some other triangle? That may be why you are blaming Jennie Sanford and not putting the blame where it belongs.

    February 26, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  25. Joe-Wilmington, DE

    I hope she takes the immature jerk for everything.

    Ladies, you do not have to put up with the infantile behavior. Believe it or not, there are some nice, decent, loyal, respectful and loving men out there.

    February 26, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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