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Quick settlement predicted in Johnny Depp divorce

Georgia movie fans may know that Johnny Depp's wife Amber Heard filed for divorce on May 23 shortly after Depp's 81-year-old mother passed away. Media coverage of the celebrity breakup has been high but more muted than what surrounds some A-list divorces. Many observers believe that this is more likely due to California's community property laws rather than any respect for Depp's privacy during a time of grief. Most feel that Depp and Heard will reach a quick and private settlement.

The tabloid press will likely have little to write about because Depp and Heard were only married for 15 months. California's community property laws require marital property to be divided equally, which can lead to highly contentious disputes and protracted court battles. However, only the assets that have been acquired during the marriage are subject to division. Depp earned the bulk of his fortune before walking down the aisle with Heard, and the movies he starred in or produced during his marriage did not prove to be as lucrative as his earlier cinematic efforts.

The media has largely ignored news that Depp plans to sell nine works by the noted neo-expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat at a London auction due to be held at the end of June. Normally such news would be greeted with accusations of asset dumping when the individual concerned was going through a divorce, but Depp purchased the paintings long before he married Heard.

Many couples who are planning on getting married wish to deal in advance with potentially contentious matters like asset division and spousal support in the event of a subsequent divorce rather than leaving the decisions in the hands of a judge. Experienced family law attorneys could suggest prenuptial agreements in such situations.

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