Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have been engaged in a heated divorce for the last few months. Recently, tensions flared regarding the divorce settlement, in which Depp was ordered to pay Heard $7 million that she pledged to donate to the ACLU and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Depp reportedly began making the donations to the two organizations himself instead of paying it to Heard. Heard’s representatives objected to this move, claiming that Depp was robbing Heard of tax benefits that she would have received if she donated the money.
It’s been months since Heard pledged to donate the settlement. Why hasn’t it happened yet? Are Depp and Heard still fighting over it?
It’s coming ”“ the divorce just hasn’t been finalized yet. Both the ACLU and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles have already received $200,000 each from Depp, and the ACLU has already received an advance of $350,000 from Heard. The remaining fortune will be released to Heard within the next year. Heard plans to have the settlement donated by the end of 2018.
Violating A Divorce Settlement
Divorce settlements are legally binding, and violation of a settlement can lead to court penalties. This is called being held in contempt. Violations like Depp’s pledge to give the settlement to charity instead of Heard could lead to contempt, but there are many other violations, such as failure to pay child support or withholding visitation, that can lead to contempt.
Contempt can result in both civil and criminal penalties, including fines, paying the other party’s legal fees, compensatory custody time and even jail.
If your ex-spouse has violated your divorce decree, a Colorado family law attorney can help you enforce the decree in court.