Sanford vs. Sanford to be broadcast Friday

The final chapter of the marriage of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) and his wife Jenny will take place in court on Friday and be covered on television, according to local news sources.

A divorce hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. in Charleston County Court, and given that it's an uncontested separation, only the plaintiff must appear in person, in this case, Jenny Sanford (shown here with Mark Sanford in 2006).

Gov. Sanford's spokesman declined to comment on whether Sanford would attend the hearing, saying the matter was part of the governor's personal life.

In accordance with state law, Jenny Sanford will be required to testify about the reasons she is seeking a divorce, the status of her residency, and the length of her separation from her husband. Sanford filed for divorce in December of 2009 on the grounds of adultery. Property, assets, and custody of the couple's four children are not in dispute.

Electronic taping devices have already been approved inside the courtroom, and a number of local TV stations have expressed interest in covering the proceedings, according to the Charleston Post and Courier.

In June of 2009, Gov. Sanford admitted to an adulterous affair with an Argentine woman. Jenny Sanford's memoir about the break-up of her marriage, "Staying True," was published earlier this year.