The ongoing divorce legal feud between Congressman Mark Sanford and his ex-wife has taken an unusual turn, more than four years after it began.
In new court filings revealed Tuesday, Jenny Sanford has asked a family court to put new limits on the Congressman’s visitation rights with the couple’s youngest son. WCSC-TV reports Jenny Sanford is demanding that the former governor undergo psychiatric evaluations and complete both an anger management course and parenting course.
The couple split soon after then-Governor Sanford’s infamously traveled to Argentina to visit his mistress Maria Chapur in 2009. Sanford’s term as governor ended in early 2011. He re-entered politics two years later when he won a special election for South Carolina’s First Congressional District seat. Chapur and Sanford are now engaged.
The complaint says a “substantial change of circumstances” has developed, creating the need for more limited visits involving the youngest son who is now 16. The limits include no visits that could expose the teen “overnight to a member of the opposite sex not related to the Plaintiff or Defendant through blood or marriage who could reasonably be construed as a paramour.”
The complaint also demands that both parties be prevented from “consuming or being under the influence of illegal or unprescribed prescription drugs or excessive amounts of alcohol” in the presence of or while responsible for the teen’s care.
Rep. Sanford is unopposed in this year’s election. He has not publicly responded to the filings.