Johnny Depp has separated from his longtime girlfriend and mother of his children, Vanessa Paradis, after 14 years together, according to the Houston Chronicle. You did read that right, Johnny Depp is single.
The two had been together for the past 14 years and have one 13-year-old girl and one 10-year-old boy, according to the Huffington Post. The couple had been battling rumors of their separation for some time, denying it as recently as May. Surprisingly, this separation will probably legally even easier than that of David Arquette and Courteney Cox.
Unlike the Arquette divorce, this is not a divorce. Simple, eh? You may ask, "what about common law marriage, aren't they married that way?" The answer is most likely no, because common law marriage has been abolished in most states.
However, there are a few that still allow for a non-traditional marriage, one being the great state of Texas. Even in Texas, it is not as easy as the passage of time while living together. Instead the couple must fill out a form in the county clerk's office, agree that they are married, and hold themselves out as being married.
Since there is no automatic way to be married, even in the United Kingdom, or in France (where Paradis is from), where there is a civil law system, which means they have no common law at all, Depp and Paradis are not married. Therefore, there will be no divorce.
The only thing that will be left to decide is child custody, which may already be decided if the couple had created co-habitation contracts. This could also be decided between the couple and filed with the court in whichever jurisdiction they reside.
While it is sad for the children that their parents, Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, are separating, at least they won't have to deal with them going through a messy Hollywood-style divorce.
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