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Open Family Courts: Transparent justice or privacy invasion?

Is allowing unwarranted attention to be turned to famous divorcing couples the price you pay for an open court? What is, and how do you find, a good balance, asks Pippa Allsop

20 June 2016

The news of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's divorce has sent the Western media into a feeding frenzy in recent weeks. Despite the fact that the couple have been in a relationship since 2012, their marriage has barely lasted 15 months - with Heard filing for divorce on the basis of 'irreconcilable differences' in May 2016.

Heard has apparently now dropped her claim for spousal support, which I should imagine has Johnny heaving a massive sigh of relief, given that the California Family Code provides that, in determining an amount for temporary maintenance, 'the court need only consider the moving party's needs and the other party's ability to pay', and with the benchmark for determining needs being 'the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage'. However, Heard is reportedly still pursuing her application for a restraining order to be made permanent against Depp, and day after day more cour...

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