Gov. Robert Bentley’s wife files for divorce

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Governor Robert Bentley, standing with his family, thanks supporters at his November 2014 victory celebration.

Governor Robert Bentley, standing with his family, thanks supporters at his November 2014 victory celebration.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The State’s First Lady, Dianne Bentley has filed for a divorce.

Bentley filed court documents Friday morning before making an appearance with her husband, Gov. Robert Bentley.  The two have been living apart since January, though.

The documents, filed in 9:24 a.m. in Tuscaloosa County, state several items in the complaint, including Mrs. Bentley’s claims that “There is such a complete incompatibility of temperament that the parties can no longer live together… there exists a conflict of personalities which destroys the legitimate aims of matrimony and all possibilities of reconciliation are futile.”

The Bentleys have been married since 1965.  They have four sons and eight grandchildren.

According to the documents, they separated in January 2015.  Mrs. Bentley says in court documents “their marriage has suffered an irretrievable breakdown and that further attempts at reconciliation are impractical and not in the best interests of the parties.”

WHNT News 19 interviewed Dianne Bentley in March 2015 about new legislation to prevent domestic violence.

WHNT News 19 interviewed Dianne Bentley in March 2015 about new legislation to prevent domestic violence.

Mrs. Bentley is immediately asking the court for sole and exclusive temporary use and possession of the couple’s home in Tuscaloosa, all furnishings and a family automobile.  She also says she is “without sufficient funds with which to support herself.”

She is also asking Gov. Bentley for legal fees during the proceedings, because she claims “she is without sufficient funds with which to support herself and pay her attorney of record for his services rendered to her in this cause.  Plaintiff further avers that the Defendant is an able-bodied man, gainfully employed, and is well able to pay the debts of the parties incurred during the marriage.”

Jennifer Ardis, Communications Director for Governor Bentley, said Friday, “The Governor asks that you please respect the privacy of the Bentley family during this difficult time. There will be no further comment.”

Gov. Bentley is serving his second term in office.  Just last week, he endorsed Ohio Governor John Kasich in the Republican presidential race.

Mrs. Bentley has supported several initiatives during her time as Alabama’s First Lady, including foster care. Two of the couple’s sons are adopted. She has also worked to promote awareness for domestic violence prevention and Family Justice Centers. She has also worked with Verizon Wireless to support HopeLine, which collects cell phones and distributes them to domestic violence victims.

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