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Expert says Johnny Depp may pay millions for divorce

New Jersey residents have probably seen headlines about the divorce of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. After 15 months of marriage, Heard filed for divorce from Depp on May 23. Shortly afterward, Heard petitioned for a temporary restraining order that she was granted. Heard has also made domestic violence accusations against Depp.

A Hollywood divorce lawyer recently spoke to a news outlet about what he thinks the Heard-Depp divorce settlement will look like. Though the pair was only married for a short time, Heard could receive $5-10 million once the high-asset divorce is settled. While he was married to Heard, Depp earned a lot of money filming "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales." Heard could end up with about half of Depp's paycheck for reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow plus any future royalties from the film.

Heard and Depp had no prenuptial agreement before they were married. The absence of a prenup and the fact that Heard has made allegations about domestic violence could factor into property division negotiations. Heard has reportedly asked that $50,000 per month in spousal support be paid to her until the divorce is finalized. However, Heard may not receive any spousal support due to the short length of the marriage and the large property division settlement that she may receive.

When there is a great disparity in the incomes of two divorcing spouses, the higher-earning spouse may be asked to make spousal support payments to the lower-earning spouse. Depending on the length of the marriage, spousal support payments may be made for a short period of time or indefinitely. A person who does not want to make monthly payments to their ex-spouse may choose to offer a lump sum payment.

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

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