Judge seals Alabama governor's divorce file from public view

By Kim Chandler, Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 31, 2015 at 10:31 a.m.

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — 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.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Kim Chandler


    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast