A Los Angeles judge tired of hearing Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s squabbling in their divorce case refused to proceed with requests of both parties for sanctions and depositions and finalized the parties’ divorce. Amber Heard, 22 years Depp’s junior, filed a divorce petition requesting spousal support citing irreconcilable differences. However, it is known that she applied for and received a personal protection order due to alleged physical abuse by Depp prior to filing her divorce petition. The marriage was short, lasting only 15 months.
For fifteen months of marriage, Heard will walk away with $ 7 million, a Ford Mustang, a horse and two of the couple’s dogs. Depp keeps all of his real property located in L.A., Colorado, Kentucky, the Bahamas, and France. He also keeps all of his vehicles, 42 in total including automobiles, motorcycles, boats and golf carts. Both parties are paying their own legal fees.
The actor has already paid $1.2 million to Heard. He must pay her a million dollars in March, another million in May, and then 1.5 million in August. Finally, in February of 2018, he will make his last payment in the amount of $2.3 million.
The divorce was moving slowly along as Depp’s attorney Laura Wasser attacked Heard for dragging her feet signing the divorce settlement agreement referring to such delay as a “desperate and misguided attempt to maintain attention and to extort funds from Johnny.”
On the other side of the aisle, Heard’s attorneys claimed that Depp failed to pay installments due under the settlement agreement. Heard contended that it was Depp who was delaying the divorce: “I want my life back. I want to be divorced from Johnny now.”
A Los Angeles judge apparently acknowledged Heard and said: “If Amber and Johnny want to be divorced, they should just be divorced.” ‘Enough is enough. If you both want to be divorced, let’s just get this done.’
The judge refused further requests from both sides that could have delayed the final divorce. Depp had wanted Heard to pay sanctions of $100,000 claiming she had delayed the proceedings, while Heard wanted to renegotiate the $7 million settlement and make Depp take a deposition.
A prenuptial agreement would have protected Depp financially. He could have put a cap on any alimony payments before the marriage via a mutual agreement, ensuring that the judge or his soon-to-be ex-wife’s attorneys couldn’t decide how his earnings would be divided in a divorce case.
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