- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The latest on Alabama first lady Dianne Bentley filing for divorce from Gov. Robert Bentley. (all times local):

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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 the couple has been living apart since January.

Dianne Bentley is seeking sole title to the couple’s homes and a division of their other assets.

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.

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