JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ Mississippi's first family filed for divorce Thursday, five months after Gov. Kirk Fordice's relationship with another woman focused public attention on a marriage gone sour.

Kirk and Pat Fordice cited irreconcilable differences in their no-fault divorce petition, ending 44 years of marriage.

The divorce will be final in two months and ends a tumultuous time at the Governor's Mansion where both Fordices have been living despite the governor's ongoing relationship with his childhood sweetheart.

A Hinds County judge sealed the case and a proposed property settlement.

Pat Fordice's attorney, L.C. James, said the first lady was pleased with the outcome and has already bought a new home in an exclusive neighborhood outside Jackson.

``She negotiated for herself a very favorable agreement and one that will give her the true financial security she earned and is entitled to,'' he said.

Fordice was photographed in June returning from a European vacation with Ann G. Creson, a Tennessee widow.

Fordice, who had harshly criticized President Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky, announced this summer that he planned to wed Creson as soon as he could divorce Mrs. Fordice.

James said the governor's attorney requested that the divorce details be kept secret.

Fordice's attorney, Jim Becker, did not return phone calls to his home and office.

Fordice, who is ineligible to serve a third term in office, has said he and his wife have been estranged for three years and there was no chance for reconciliation.

The former Vicksburg construction executive became the first Republican governor in Mississippi in 118 years after his surprise 1991 victory over a Democratic incumbent. He was re-elected in 1995.

Fordice, 65, leaves office in January.