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Actress's divorce settlement will go to charity

Actress Amber Heard, who recently divorced Johnny Depp, has reportedly donated her divorce settlement to charity. The couple reached their agreement on Tuesday, Aug. 16, a day ahead of their scheduled court appearance. Heard's final settlement totaled seven million dollars. These funds will be split between the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.

Reportedly, the ACLU is to use its portion of Heard's donation specifically for its efforts in stopping violence against women. The actress accused Depp of domestic violence during their relationship and filed for a restraining order against Depp in May of this year. Heard said she has volunteered for the children's hospital for more than ten years and understands how her donation can make all "the difference between life and death for a child."

Heard released a statement via her publicist explaining that receiving the settlement played no role for her on a personal level. She went on to say that getting the money meant she could donate it to her charities with the hope it would help people who are not equipped to defend themselves. The actress added that she will continue to support her charities over and above the divorce settlement donations.

If you are wondering what this has to do with divorce in the state of Maryland, the answer is simply a concept. Those with the means for financial security after a split can use their settlement for the good of those less fortunate. Those without financial security should feel empowered to use their settlements for their own good with an eye toward the future, independence and lasting security. A divorce lawyer can help you work toward achieving these and other post-divorce personal goals.

Source: WMDT.com, "Amber Heard donates divorce settlement to charity," Sandra Gonzalez, Aug. 18, 2016

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