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Judge finalizes Sanfords' divorce

Mar 18, 2010 4:52:00 PM - thestate.com
A judge has finalized South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's divorce from his wife Jenny, ending their 20-year marriage.

Court records show Family Court Judge Jocelyn Cate issued her ruling Thursday, less than three weeks after the first lady appeared, asking to end the marriage because of her husband's adultery.

The governor disappeared for several days last summer, then admitted when he returned to the state that he was having an affair with a woman in Argentina.

The couple have four children. Jenny Sanford has moved with her sons to their beachfront home along the South Carolina coast.

Mark Sanford is the first sitting governor to ever get a divorce in South Carolina. The state became the last in the country to allow divorce in 1949.

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