Phase One in the corrosive divorce of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is underway; now it’s on to Phase Two. If history is a model, the really important stuff — calculating the financial settlement — will take place behind closed doors, according to divorce lawyers.
“With high-net-worth clients, they prefer to settle the property distribution outside of court,” says Neena Tankha, a prominent New York divorce lawyer with high-profile clients. “It’s not common to see a case of two high-profile people arguing in court over money, especially after a marriage of 15 months (as in the case of Depp and Heard).
“They are more likely to come to a private settlement, then present it to the judge to sign off, who will then enter the final judgment of the divorce,” Tankha says. “The divorce is a boiler-plate public document, but the actual financial settlement agreement will not be part of the public court record.”
So no joy for the celebrity media now in a feeding frenzy over Heard’s explosive petition for divorce in which she accused Depp of years of domestic violence, including the latest alleged attack, on May 21.