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Florida readers may recall media coverage of the divorce between actor Johnny Depp and his wife, Amber Heard. The end of their brief marriage made headlines after Heard accused the actor of domestic violence. They settled their high asset divorce case relatively quickly, with part of the agreement involving Heard pledging to donate the majority of her financial settlement to various charities. However, Heard recently filed new documents in the case, alleging that Depp has yet to fulfill his part of the bargain.

According to reports, Depp agreed to pay Heard a total of $6.8 million. In the weeks following the settlement, Depp paid $200,000 directly to one of the charities that Heard said she was planning to support. However, since that time Heard claims that she has not received any further assets. In addition to the cash portion of the settlement, she claims that Depp has also failed to return items of her personal property, change the title to a vehicle and cover outstanding expenses.

There is no word on why Depp has yet to complete his portion of those transactions. Some suspect that the actor is dragging his feet over Heard's choice to continue speaking out on behalf of domestic violence victims. The couple signed a confidentiality agreement, and while Heard has not mentioned Depp by name, she continues to give interviews, write articles and speak publicly about domestic violence.

As this case moves forward, the court may require Depp to complete his portion of the transfer of assets. It is unclear whether Heard has a legal obligation to turn over the financial portion of her settlement to charity, or if she merely spoke about taking those actions. One thing that is clear is that Florida readers will continue to hear about the couple's high asset divorce through media reports, at least until the matter is complete and both parties move on to new pursuits.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Amber Heard Files Court Order After Johnny Depp Refuses To Pay Divorce Settlement", Cole Delbyck, Dec. 15, 2016

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