COPY-Jenny Sanford filing for divorce

CHARLESTON, SC (WIS) - South Carolina's first lady has filed for divorce months after her husband publicly confessed an affair with an Argentine woman.

First lady Jenny Sanford originally said over the summer she was willing to reconcile with two-term Republican Gov. Mark Sanford even after publication of his e-mail exchanges with his lover. He also admitted "crossing the line" with other women in an AP interview.

She had called her husband's behavior "inexcusable," but said she was willing to give him another chance. More recently she described them as separated.

She and the couple's four boys had been living at the Sanfords' beachfront home on Sullivans Island while the governor has remained in the state capital of Columbia, occasionally visiting his family.

Jenny Sanford issued a statement Friday morning. The statement in it's entirety is below:

"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."

We'll post more information as it becomes available.

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