Gov. Mark Sanford's Wife Files for Divorce

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South Carolina's first lady announced Friday she will file for divorce from Gov. Mark Sanford, nearly six months after he publicly admitted having an affair.

Following her husband's tearful apology in June, Jenny Sanford called his actions "inexcusable," but said she was willing to give him a second chance for the sake of their family.

The recent announcement, however, confirmed the two were unable to bounce back from the broken trust.

"This came after many unsuccessful efforts at reconciliation, yet I am still dedicated to keeping the process that lies ahead peaceful for our family," Jenny Sanford said in a statement.

Gov. Sanford, who remains in office, asked for privacy as they go through the divorce process.

"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," he said. "We respectively ask for your prayers."

Sanford previously said he wanted to reconcile with his wife and was relying on his faith to repair their marriage.

"His far more egregious offenses were committed against God, the institutions of marriage and family, our boys and me," Jenny Sanford said in June.

Gov. Sanford, 49, disappeared for nearly a week on a trip he later admitted was to see his mistress in Argentina. A media frenzy soon followed as Sanford took to the camera again, calling the woman his "soul mate" and admitting "crossing the line" with others.

A legislative panel rebuked the governor for his behavior. Jenny Sanford was never by his side for his press interviews on the affair.

"It's one thing to forgive adultery; it's another thing to condone it," she said two days after his revelation.

The couple attended counseling and even took a family trip shortly after Gov. Sanford's admission. They've been married since 1989.

Read statements released Friday by Jenny Sanford and Gov. Mark Sanford below.

First Lady Jenny Sanford:
"As so many of us know, the dissolution of any marriage is a sad and painful process. It is also a very personal and private one. Because Mark and I are public figures, we have naturally had less privacy with which to deal with our difficulties than do other couples. Indeed, I know it will soon become known so I choose to release this brief notice that I am now filing for divorce. This came after many unsuccessful efforts at reconciliation, yet I am still dedicated to keeping the process that lies ahead peaceful for our family.

"I remain thankful to so many across this state and nation for their words of encouragement and prayers during this difficult time. Please know the boys and I are doing well and are blessed with the incredible support of friends and family and bolstered by our faith and the unfailing love of our God above."

Gov. Mark Sanford:
"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."

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