On Monday the governor’s office announced that Gov. Robert Bentley and first lady Dianne Bentley had reached a settlement agreement that ended their 50 year marriage. The settlement was filed Monday, just four weeks after the first lady filed for divorce, saying their marriage had suffered an “irretrievable breakdown.” The governor said he has asked a judge to unseal the case file so the public and media can see it.
The divorce settlement caps what has been a trying year, both politically and personally, for Bentley. The Republican governor began his second term in January saying he was determined to lead more and demonstrate a more aggressive political style. Bentley spent much of the 2015 trying to convince lawmakers in his own party to raise taxes in the face of a budget shortfall.