Mark and Jenny Sanford Want An Uncontested Divorce

By Minara El-Rahman on January 11, 2010 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

South Carolina governor Mark Sanford asked a judge to allow his wife Jenny Sanford to move forward with an uncontested divorce. MSNBC reports that the governor admitted that he had an affair and is guilty of the charges of adultery that are laid out in Jenny Sanford's petition for divorce. He also stated that he will not challenge the petition for divorce by Jenny Sanford.

What Is An Uncontested Divorce?

While an uncontested divorce may vary from state to state, there are some common elements. As the name implies, an uncontested divorce happens when there are no disagreements between the spouses who are planning to divorce and the spouses both agree to the divorce.

Jenny Sanford filed the divorce petition after she failed to reconcile with her estranged husband. Governor Mark Sanford had disappeared in June only to reappear and admit that he was having an affair with Argentinian journalist Maria Belen Chapur. A final court hearing is scheduled next month.

Under South Carolina law,  you must wait 60 days after the serving of the summons and complaint before you and your attorney can finalize the divorce. This is for both contested and uncontested divorces.

South Carolina divorce decrees typically include child custody, child support, alimony, division of property, and debts.

Jenny Sanford should hope that the divorce comes sooner rather than later. According to Times Online, she applied for a trademark for her name to launch a line of mugs and clothing, and has an inspirational memoir that is coming out soon.

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