- Associated Press - Monday, August 31, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The latest on the divorce filing by the wife of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (all times local):


2 p.m.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, whose wife has filed for divorce, says he will not let “distractions” get in the way of his push for policy and budget changes in the state.

Bentley spoke Monday to members of his cabinet regarding his plans for a special legislative session next month. On Friday, the governor’s wife of 50 years, Dianne Bentley, filed for divorce saying their marriage had suffered an irretrievable breakdown.

The governor did not directly mention the divorce in his remarks.

Bentley said that he was being “shot at” by political enemies as he pushes for $300 million in tax increases. He did not specify any opponents by name.

The Associated Press was invited to attend the meeting.


12:24 p.m.

A judge has ordered that Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s divorce case be sealed from public view.

Tuscaloosa Circuit Judge Elizabeth Hamner issued the order Monday after the couple’s attorneys jointly requested that the records be kept private.

Lawyers told the judge that it would be in the best interest of both parties to keep the divorce records private. The request noted the governor’s position as a prominent public office holder.

Dianne Bentley filed for divorce on Friday, saying the couple’s 50-year marriage had suffered an irretrievable breakdown. The divorce filing said the couple separated in January.

Court records show that the governor is represented in the divorce by Birmingham attorney Lisa Lynn Woods.

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