South Carolina’s First Lady Jenny Sanford Filing for Divorce

By Staff | December 11, 2009 | 9:35 AM EST

South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford carries out her belongings from the governor's mansion in Columbia with help from an unidentified friend on Aug. 7, 2009. (AP File Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

(AP) - Here is the text of a statement released Friday by South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford on filing for divorce from Gov. Mark Sanford months after he publicly confessed an affair with an Argentine woman:
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.
&quot;This came after many unsuccessful efforts at reconciliation,&quot; said the wife of S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford.<br /> <br type="_moz" />