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Depp may pay up to $10 million in divorce

Actor Johnny Depp, who married actress Amber Heard in February 2015, may now have to pay his wife upwards of $10 million in a California divorce settlement. The divorce filing was entered in May 2016, and analysts familiar with the case say that Heard may be entitled to 50 percent of all earnings Depp generated during the duration of their 15-month union.

Lawyers say that if Heard is entitled to half of Depp's earnings during the marriage, Depp could counter by offering a large buyout settlement. One potential point of contention in the matter is whether Heard is entitled to spousal support. Although she requested monthly support payments of $50,000 pending an actual settlement, her husband's lawyers claim that granting such sums would be untimely before the issue of money is settled. There's also a chance that she'll receive no spousal support award at all if her property division payout is sufficiently large.

Another issue is that Heard alleged Depp committed acts of domestic violence against her. Although these accusations haven't been independently validated by a court, she was awarded a temporary restraining order against her husband around the time she filed for divorce. She may also file a separate civil lawsuit against Depp for the alleged abuse.

Even when they don't involve public figures, high-asset divorces may include unique property divisions and negotiations. In some cases, a spouse may attempt to conceal assets from their ex and the court so that they can keep these properties to themselves. Working with an attorney qho understands the nuances of dividing high-value or non-material property, such as business assets and retirement accounts, could simplify the divorce process.

Source: The Wrap, "Amber Heard Could Get $10 Million in Johnny Depp Divorce, Expert Says," Tim Kenneally, June 1, 2016

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