MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Robert Bentley and former first lady Dianne Bentley are divorced. Tuscaloosa Family Court Judge Philip Lisenby signed the divorce decree Tuesday, officially ending the couple's 50-year marriage.
The judge signed the order a day after the Bentleys submitted an agreement to end their marriage and divide their financial assets. Dianne Bentley had filed for divorce Aug. 28, saying that their marriage had suffered an irretrievable breakdown and that attempts at reconciliation would be futile.
The governor submitted a brief response saying those claims were untrue; however, he did not fight the divorce proceeding.
A judge had sealed the divorce case at the request of couple. Lisenby unsealed the file Tuesday at their request.
The divorce records weren't available online, but our news partners at Al.com drove to photocopy them.
The documents show the Bentleys agreed to the following:
- Gov. Bentley will keep the couple's home at 11 Ridgeland in Tuscaloosa. However, Dianne Bentley will keep the right to live there through Dec. 2017.
- Dianne Bentley will keep the couple's two beach homes in Gulf Shores.
- Gov. Bentley will retain the Bentley old homeplace in Shelby County.
- Dianne Bentley will be awarded the household furniture, except for the husband's parents' bed, Gov. Bentley's tools, all governor and state memorabilia, some family photographs, videos and DVDs (to be copied by wife at husband's expense), some kitchen items, etc.
- Dianne Bentley gets the couple's 2011 Ford Explorer, and Gov. Bentley gets the couple's 2015 GMC Sierra.
- Gov. Bentley gets the zero radius mower.
- Dianne Bentley gets the couple's joint Regions bank account and the couple's Fidelity investment account.
- The couple will split another investment account 50/50.
- Dianne Bentley gets one life insurance policy, and Gov. Bentley gets another.
- Gov. Bentley gets the couple's Tide Pride membership and agrees to transfer it to their adult son, Luke, within 30 days.
- Dianne Bentley keeps her jewelry.
- Gov. Bentley keeps his firearms.
- Gov. Bentley will pay Dianne $750/month in alimony. He will also pay $20,000 for her attorney's fees.