Judge seals Alabama governor's divorce file from public view

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Posted: Aug 31, 2015 12:24 PM

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.