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Nevada Governor Sandoval, First Lady announce separation, plan to divorce

Nevada First Lady Kathleen Sandoval speaks about the opening of two new living centers at the Children's Cabinet on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Gov. Brian Sandoval stands on the far left. (SBG)

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and First Lady Kathleen Sandoval have decided to separate and plan to divorce, the governor announced Friday.

"It’s no secret that the demands of public life are hard on a marriage and ours has been affected in a way neither of us had envisioned or expected," Gov. Sandoval said in a statement provided to News 4-Fox 11.

"We both remain committed to our three children and we ask that our privacy, and the privacy of all of our family members, be respected during this difficult time," the statement reads.

The Nevada Independent was the first to report the announcement from Nevada's First Family. The Sandovals have been married for 27 years, according to their statement.

Kathleen Sandoval has worked as director of operations for the Children's Cabinet in Reno while Brian Sandoval has served as governor. There is a little more than one year left on his final term in office.

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