Although Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis never tied the knot, she could be in line for a huge payoff following their split. Depp is reported putting together a sum over $150 million to "keep the split amicable."
A source tells The Sun, "If the couple had been married, Mr. Depp's wife would be able to simply claim 50 per cent, child support payments and alimony.
"However, because they are not married this does not apply. The partner [Paradis] would have to file a civil suit and go to court."
To keep the couple out of court (and the front page of tabloids), the payment seems like a good idea. It's possible there are other stipulations with the payment, most likely agreements to not sell stories about their relationship.