July 2020 Newsletter – Celebrity Divorce News

There is a global fascination with celebrities. Common folk, the young adults and teens look at celebrities with envy and awe, fantasizing about their money, lavish lifestyles, fast cars, private planes, the gorgeous women actors take on yachts, and oh the bodies and clothes of actresses and models.

Even celebrities are included in the 50% divorce rate, however, it’s the celebrity divorces that get splashed all over the Internet, social media, and gossip mags at the checkout stands. People love celebs and they love to see them go through the same problems as everyone else. Suddenly, being a celeb is less envious. Their divorce lawyers will cost a thousand times more than ours, their dirty little secrets get aired out like wet laundry, the fetishes, the vices, the affairs, the finances all getting sunshine. In contrast, nobody is researching and writing about the Regular Joe divorce. For example…

Former heart throb Johnny Depp, 57, now a Jack Sparrow/Keith Richards-esque persona, divorced his model/actress wife Amber Heard, 34, in 2017. Not only did the divorce reveal financial details like how Depp was a reckless spender of money — he shot the ashes of a dead friend from a cannon paying $5 million a pop, no pun intended — he also spent $30k/month on wine (to drink not collect) as well as a pricey cocaine habit he called his “powders.”

Wifey allegedly had a few extramarital trysts of her own.

The dirtiest divorce detail of all came out in 2020 during a libel case Depp filed against The Sun for calling him a “wife beater” in one of their publications. The trial required testimony from both former spouses, Depp and Heard, to talk about the details of their marriage leading to the divorce. Depp claimed the straw that broke the camels back was when Ms. Heard defecated in their marital bed. First, she blamed the little dogs, then she blamed her friend, yet later admitted to a lawyer that, well, it could’ve been her, but it was a silly prank, tee-hee. Heard had accused Depp of such serious violent, domestic abuse he lost his Pirates of the Caribbean role, and yet this was the last straw for him? They did release a touching joint statement describing their relationship as “intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love.”

Allegedly, their marriage was 15 months of violent spousal abuse by both. Depp was accused of abuse specifically when he got high or drunk. He admitted to all his vices and despite them claims he would never hit a woman. Depp is adamant that Heard was the abuser and on numerous occasions punched him in the face multiple times.

He further admitted to giving his 13-year old daughter from a previous relationship marijuana because it was safer than her getting it on her own as it could be laced with something dangerous.


As a common folk onlooker, our lives don’t seem so crazy, or maybe we should be thankful to celebs that we aren’t the only passionate and at times volatile ones.

Marriage is hard and this stuff really occurs quite often — not just to nine-to-five, non-famous, non-rich people.

There is no prejudice when it comes to marital strife. The moral of the story is when it comes to love, celebrities are regular people and when the love runs out, they go through crazy divorces too, but very publicly. With that said, do regular people poop the bed for sh#@! and giggles? I guess those types exist.

Keep the poopy details of your divorce private. You can “doo” that by mediating with a private mediator at MFLG, the #1 firm in Corona. If you pick any other stuffy, humorless firm, they will surely be number two. Call (951) 463-5594 for a free, “in-Depp” consultation. Keeping your spirit lifted is part of our plan.

When a marriage ends, or a family separates, you enter the unknown. You deal with kids, work, bills; the fear and uncertainty get to you, in addition to the heartache you are recovering from. You will get through this process. MFLG has a program to help you mentally get through your divorce, custody or co-parenting issues. Maybe you simply desire to be a new, improved you. Believe it or not, MFLG can help you accomplish all of this while dealing with your family law issue so you come out a healthier, stronger person. Call us and find out about our BBP. (951) 463-5594.

Q: Can I move out of the state with my kids?

A: There is a lot of desire to move out of the golden state for various reasons, i.e., COVID-19, new jobs, a new relationship, or simply a lower cost of living, to name a few. If you are no longer with the parent of your child, move away rules could affect you. Keep in mind, parents are always allowed to move; the issue is whether the moving parent can take the child with them. That little variation changes everything, right?

If either parent wants to move away with the child(ren), here is what you
need to know.

First and foremost, are there current custody and visitation orders? ANY move that materially changes the other parent’s ability to visit with the child(ren) requires an agreement between the parents or orders (permission) from the court. This could be a move as close as 20 miles to as far away as 2,000 miles — a move to a neighboring county or across the country.

Getting permission from the court sounds easy enough and certainly can be done, but it is a complicated legal process. In fact, it is one of the most complex issues that we deal with in family law. Without an agreement, moveaways typically involve an in-depth evaluation by a psychologist and a court trial. You read that correctly, a psychologist indeed will evaluate all parties involved in a move-away request, that includes both parents, the child(ren), roommates, significant others, family members, etc. The judge will not make a ruling without the report of the expert evaluator. Said evaluator and any other witnesses can be called to testify and evidence can be entered at trial in support of a parent’s request or in support of the opposition.

Count on the process taking at least six months. And don’t forget that the child(ren) CANNOT move before the court makes its decision. Both the court and the evaluator are going to look at some factors to decide whether the child(ren) can move. These include:

  1. The reason for the proposed move;
  2. The child(ren)’s interest in stability and continuity in the custodial arrangement;
  3. The distance of the move;
  4. The age of the child(ren);
  5. The child(ren)’s relationship with both parents;
  6. The relationship between the parents, including, but not limited to, their ability to communicate and cooperate effectively and their willingness to put the interests of the child(ren) above their individual interests;
  7. The wishes of the child(ren) if they are mature enough for such an inquiry to be appropriate;
  8. The extent to which the parents currently are sharing custody;
  9. The child(ren)’s community ties;
  10. The child(ren)’s health and educational needs; and
  11. The child(ren)’s circle of friends, social network, etc.

As soon as you are considering a move, come see us at MFLG to develop a plan, whether you need help proposing an agreement or filing a request with the court. When you wait until the last minute, you can lose your potential opportunities if you want to accept a new or better job, you may miss deadlines to register the child(ren) at their new school. Alternatively, if you already accepted the job, acquired housing, registered at the new schools or daycare, you can find yourself in a serious delay with monetary problems holding down two residences during lengthy litigation.

MFLG has handled simple move-aways as well as litigating move-aways in extreme custody battles. We will develop a plan with you and if necessary, aggressively litigate what is in the best interest of you and the child(ren). Call for a free consultation (951) 463-5594.

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Holly has an illustrious resume, filled with an impressive number of awards and professional recognition in the field of family law. Holly has appeared at thousands of family law hearings and trials and has represented over 500 clients in divorce and custody matters; but that is not the distinguishing characteristic that makes her unique or a great attorney.

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