Virginia residents may have heard that Johnny Depp and Amber Heard finalized their divorce on Jan. 13. As part of the settlement, Depp will pay Heard $7 million, and the money will be donated to charity. Ms. Heard filed for divorce in May and got a restraining order against her former husband.
She claimed that Depp was abusive toward her, and in one incident, he allegedly threw a cellphone at her face. In response to those claims, Depp leveled accusations of financial blackmail against his former wife. As part of the divorce settlement, Heard has dropped her request for a continued restraining order against Depp. She will retain custody of her two dogs as part of the settlement. Depp gets to keep properties in Los Angeles and Paris as well as a vintage car and motorcycle collection.
According to court filings, Depp had previously paid $200,000 towards the settlement, and he will be given a year to pay the remainder. Heard has designated the ACLU and a Los Angeles hospital as the charitable recipients.
If a individual chooses to go through the divorce process, it may be necessary to do so with the help of a family law attorney. An attorney may be able to help an individual obtain a reasonable share of marital property as well as secure a restraining order against a former spouse if necessary. In some cases, it may be granted on a permanent basis if necessary to ensure the safety of an individual before and after the process has been finalized.