Actor Johnny Depp's $400 million fortune could take a hit in his pending divorce. Actress Amber Heard filed for divorce on Monday, May 24th, and she is seeking spousal support and attorney fees. Depp's lawyer, Laura Wasser, responded to the petition by requesting that each party cover their own legal fees and denying the request for alimony. The couple, who got married on February 3rd, 2015, did not have a prenuptial agreement.
- A rep for Depp released the following statement, "Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies about his personal life. Hopefully the dissolution of this short marriage will be resolved quickly."
- E! News reports per California law, anything that the two parties earned prior to the marriage is safe. Anything earned or acquired during the marriage could be split down the middle. Depp allegedly earned $30 million during the union from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell and his endorsement of the men's fragrance Dior Sauvage. Heard earned some income from The Danish Girl.
- Where the divorce can get messy is in terms of spousal support. Typically in California, the couple has to be together for 10 years for a spouse to get support as long as needed. In Heard's case she's only been married for 15 months and has some income slated to come in from The Justice League Part One and Aquaman.
- Another major variable will be if as the lesser earning spouse she's become accustomed to a standard of living that she will not be able to maintain on her own. The couple lived in Depp's Los Angeles penthouse and she drove his Range Rover. A judge could order support so that Heard can maintain her lifestyle.
- Ultimately the laws only come into play if the couple is unable to reach an agreement on their own.