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Sanford timeline: How it unraveled

A judge accepted first lady Jenny Sanford's divorce petition Friday, citing adultery. Gov. Mark Sanford admitted last June to carrying on an extramarital affair. A timeline of recent events:

June 2008. Gov. Sanford travels to Buenos Aires, Argentina, on a taxpayer-funded trade mission. A year later, he admits to having a romantic encounter with Maria Belen Chapur during that trip. A relationship that started out friendly became romantic, he would say later.

January 2009. Jenny Sanford says she learned of her husband's affair by finding a letter on his desk.

February 2009. Gov. Sanford, accompanied by his spiritual adviser, travels to New York City, with his wife's permission, to end his extramarital affair with Chapur.

June 2009. The Sanfords enter a trial separation. Jenny Sanford says she ordered Sanford to have no contact with her or their four children. Jenny Sanford says she hoped the time apart would make the governor "realize what he might lose." She says she told Sanford not to contact Chapur.

June 24. Sanford is met at an Atlanta airport by a State newspaper reporter. Sanford staffers had told the public he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. Sanford admits to a reporter he has been to Argentina but says he has been there alone. Later in the day he admits to the affair.

July 1. Gov. Sanford tells The Associated Press of Chapur: "I will be able to die knowing that I had met my soul mate." In a wide-ranging interview, he also admits to "crossing lines" with other women.

Aug. 7. Jenny Sanford moves out of the Governor's Mansion with her four sons. They now reside in the couple's Sullivan's Island home.

Dec. 11. Jenny Sanford files for divorce in Charleston.

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