DIANNE BENTLEY FILES FOR DIVORCE FROM GOVERNOR

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The latest on Alabama first lady Dianne Bentley filing for divorce from Gov. Robert Bentley.

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4:40 p.m.

Gov. Robert Bentley is asking that people respect the privacy of his family during a “difficult time” on the same day first lady Dianne Bentley filed for divorce from him.

Bentley spokeswoman Jennifer Ardis issued the governor’s statement Friday with no additional comment. The first lady says their 50-year marriage has suffered an “irretrievable breakdown.”

A lawyer for the 72-year-old Dianne Bentley wrote in the court filing that attempts at reconciliation would be futile. The filing said couple has been living apart since January.

Dianne and the 72-year-old Robert Bentley posed for pictures with university mascots outside the Governor’s Mansion for College Colors Day. The governor spoke briefly with reporters about an upcoming special session on the state’s budget crisis, but didn’t mention the divorce, The Decatur Daily reported.

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10 a.m.

Gov. Robert Bentley and wife Dianne Bentley appeared together at the College Colors Day in in Montgomery after the first lady filed for divorce from her husband.

Both took pictures at the Governor’s Mansion with mascots from universities around the state Friday after Dianne Bentley’s filing. The first lady says their 50-year marriage has suffered an “irretrievable breakdown.”

Dianne Bentley signed the divorce papers Wednesday.

A lawyer for Dianne Bentley wrote in the court filing that attempts at reconciliation would be futile and that the couple has been living apart since January.

The official social media accounts for the governor and first lady traded anniversary public well-wishes last month.

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9:23 a.m.

Alabama’s first lady on Friday filed for divorce from Gov. Robert Bentley, saying their 50-year marriage has suffered an “irretrievable breakdown.”

A lawyer for Dianne Bentley wrote in the court filing that attempts at reconciliation would be futile and that the couple has been living apart since January.

The office for the 72-year-old Robert Bentley didn’t respond to an immediate request for comment.

The complaint was filed in Tuscaloosa, the couple’s home for most of their marriage. Court documents said Dianne Bentley’s lawyer intended to take the governor’s deposition in November.

The filing listed her home as Tuscaloosa and the governor’s as the Governor’s Mansion in Montgomery.

The Bentleys have been married since 1965 and have four adult sons. They met during the governor’s first year of medical school. In July, the couple marked their 50th wedding anniversary.

Alabama First Lady Dianne Bentley filed for divorce from Gov. Robert Bentley this morning, citing “a complete incompatibility of temperament that the parties can no longer live together.”

In the filing, Bentley also states that there exists “a conflict of personalities which destroys the legitimate aims of matrimony and all possibilities of reconciliation are futile” and that “their marriage has suffered an irretrievable breakdown and that further attempts at reconciliation are impractical and not in the best interests of the parties.”

The documents also say the Bentleys have been separated since January.

The entirety of the filing can be found here.

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