Sanford's admitted infidelity could, however, become an issue if he or his wife decides to end their marriage. South Carolina usually requires a one-year separation period prior to a divorce. But since adultery is one of the four grounds for fault (the others are desertion, habitual drunkenness, and physical cruelty), the Sanfords could speed through the process. And unlike those in no-fault states (Texas and California, among others), South Carolina courts take infidelity into account when making judgments about the division of assets. Mark will be ineligible for alimony. And Jenny could receive a much greater share of their estate than she would have if Mark's e-mail relationship had never gotten past the Gchat phase.
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