Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have recently gone through a very public divorce. It is very public for several reasons: both actors are well-known movie stars, they have been married a little over a year, Johnny Depp is approximately 23 years older than Amber Heard, and there have been claims of domestic violence and hefty settlement agreements.
Specifically, after Amber Heard filed for divorce, she requested and received a Temporary Protection Order against Johnny Depp. In order to obtain a Temporary Protection Order, the Court must find that an imminent danger exists to the person seeking protection. Notably, it is not usually difficult to obtain a Temporary Protection Order against a spouse during dissolution of marriage. It is however difficult to obtain a Permanent Protection Order.
It is more difficult to obtain a Permanent Protection Order because the protected spouse must prove that the other spouse will continue to commit acts designed to intimidate or retaliate against the protected spouse unless restrained. Despite the high standard, Johnny Depp ultimately made a settlement offer of $7 million to Amber Heard and she accepted. Amber Heard subsequently announced she would award the entire amount to charity.
Our Colorado family law attorneys at The Harris Law Firm are committed to providing our clients with the support and high quality service, and sometimes that includes helping them secure the legal protection they need to stay and feel safe from their abusive spouse. Visit our page on Domestic Violence & Protection Orders for more information on the assistance we can provide. Give us a call at (303) 622-5502 to speak with one of the family law lawyers at The Harris Law Firm today, or fill out the form on our website to tell us all about your case.