Johnny Depp is one of highest paid actors in the world. The 52-year-old has an estimated net worth of a whopping $400 million. But he will soon have to cough up $7 million to his ex-wife actress Amber Heard. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carl H. Moor has finalized the divorce, ending one of the most turbulent high-profile celebrity marriages. The Depp and Heard marriage had more drama than most Hollywood movie, which included allegations of infidelity and domestic violence. Heard had even filed a restraining order against Depp just a day before their divorce settlement was announced back in August.

Although the divorce settlement was reached several months ago, it was mercifully finalized appropriately on Friday January 13. Even the judge voiced his confusion on why it took so long. “I’m scratching my head a little bit on why we are here,” Moor said during the final hearing. Terms of the divorce were simple. The couple did not have any children. Heard will keep the couple’s dogs, Pistol and Bo, along with their horse named Arrow. The couple had met on the set of the 2011 film “The Rum Diary” and were married on February in 2015 and separated just 15 months later. Heard insists she will donate the $7 million to charity.

The Consequences of Domestic Violence

Unlike the movies, not every marriage has a happy ending. The Depp/Heard divorce raised questions about alleged domestic violence committed by both parties. It is among one of the biggest problems facing couples in dysfunctional relationship. Although the Depp/Heard marriage last barely 2 years, there are countless people throughout Miami that stay in abusive relationships.

When people think of domestic violence, they generally envision physical acts of aggression. However, it can sometimes get more complex. First, it is important to recognize the cycle of domestic violence. In many cases, no physical violence may have occurred. However, domestic violence can also include verbal threats. If a person makes a threat to kill you and there is good reason to believe them, it can be used as grounds to obtain a domestic violence injunction.

Getting a Domestic Violence Injunction

Domestic violence is often a vicious cycle that rarely goes away. Once a person displays abusive behavior, it generally does not stop. Many victims avoid taking action out of fear of retribution from their partner. Many others blame themselves for the abuse. The bottom line is nobody should have to endure physical and mental abuse from their partner. The first crucial step to stop domestic violence is to first contact law enforcement. If the abusive party persists, a domestic violence lawyer can be extremely helpful. They can file a petition with the court to provide a domestic violence injunction, including restraining orders, which prohibit the abuser from making any form of contact with the victim and removing them from the property.

How a Miami Divorce Lawyer Can Help

Stephanie G. Morrow is not only a Miami divorce lawyer, she is also one of the leading local voices for protecting victims of domestic violence. Over the years, she has represented countless women and men in a variety of domestic violence cases. She has also conducted seminars to help victims understand the options and solution available to them. To learn more, contact the law offices of S.G. Morrow & Associates, P.A. and schedule a consultation to discuss your case.