Judge orders mediation in US Rep. Sanford divorce

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FILE -In this file photo taken June 13, 2006 S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford smiles as he is joined by his wife, Jenny, after he won the Republican gubernatorial nomination in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina's jilted first lady endorsed gubernatorial hopeful Rep. Nikki Haley, R-Lexington, on Wednesday Nov. 11, 2009, to succeed her husband when the term-limited politician leaves office. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain, File)
In a Dec. 18, 2013 photo, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., laughs while discussing his first months back in Congress during an Associated Press interview in his district office in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Sanford, a former two-term governor, won a special election in May 2013 to win his old 1st District seat in the House. He held the seat for three terms in the 1990s. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)
House Speaker John Boehner, left, performs a ceremonial swearing-in for Rep.-elect Mark Sanford, R-S.C., as his mother Peggy Sanford, right, holds a Bible, in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Sanford was officially sworn in on the House floor immediately following the ceremonial swearing-in. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., left, and Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., right, walk to a GOP strategy session in the basement of the Capitol, as the House of Representatives works into the night to pass a bill to fund the government, in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Locked in a deepening struggle with President Barack Obama, House Republicans on Saturday demanded a one-year delay in major parts of the nation's new health care law and permanent repeal of a tax on medical devices as the price for preventing a partial government shutdown threatened for early Tuesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 14: Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., walks down the House steps of the Capitol following the last votes of the week on Friday, June 14, 2013. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 13: Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., talks with spectators during the Congressional Baseball game where the Democrats beat the Republicans 22-0 at Nationals Park. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
FILE - In this file photo taken June 26, 2009, Jenny Sanford, wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, speaks about her husband's recent affair admission at the family beach house in Sullivans Island, S.C. South Carolina's jilted first lady endorsed gubernatorial hopeful Rep. Nikki Haley, R-Lexington, on Wednesday Nov. 11, 2009, to succeed her husband when the term-limited politician leaves office. (AP Photo/Alice Keeney, File)
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford greets State Rep. Bakari Sellers, D-District 90, as he enters the House chambers for his State of the State speech on Wednesday night, Jan. 17, 2007, in Colubmia, S.C. (AP Photo/Anne McQuary)
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BY BRUCE SMITH

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina Family Court judge has ordered U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford and his ex-wife, Jenny, to work with a mediator to resolve a dispute over money for their two youngest sons.

The two appeared in court in Charleston on Monday.

The issue is trust funds for the couple's two youngest boys. Their divorce agreement four years ago said the couple would try to work together to equalize the amount in the boys' trust funds so it's comparable with what was put in their older two boys' accounts at the time.

The two divorced after Sanford, then governor, disappeared for five days in 2009. He returned from Argentina to acknowledge an affair with a woman to whom he is now engaged. Sanford was elected to Congress again last year.

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