Blackstock is asking Clarkson to pay him $301k per month in spousal support and $135k in child support.
It was a pretty big shock when Kelly Clarkson announced her divorce from Brandon Blackstock in June this year. The couple got married in 2013 and had been together for almost 7 years. During the long divorce process, a Los Angeles County judge has ruled in favor of the singer and has given her the primary custody of their children, daughter River Rose, 6, and son Remington Alexander, 4, according to People.
Kelly Clarkson Awarded Temporary Primary Physical Custody of Kids Amid Brandon Blackstock Divorce https://t.co/rJ3kZUVXet— E! News (@enews) November 30, 2020
The court documents stated, "The Court finds that under the circumstances present in this case, the interest in providing stability and continuity for the minor children weighs in favor of Petitioner having primary custody."
"The level of conflict between the parents has increased. The parties have a difficult time co-parenting due to issues of trust between them," it continued. While Clarkson has decided to stay in L.A, Blackstock has planned to reside in Montana. The Because of You singer has allowed her now ex-husband to visit their kids at her L.A. abode.
The former couple will now share joint physical and legal custody of their kids but the primary custody would be with Clarkson. Blackstock can FaceTime River and Remington every day "at a mutually agreed upon a time." The documents also stated that both Clarkson and Blackstock have agreed that they "shall not speak in a derogatory manner about the other parent to the minor children. The custodial parent shall not allow the minor children to be in the presence of any third party who speaks about the other parent in a derogatory manner."
The 38-year-old-talk-show host previously spoke about how her family has been taking the divorce during a joint interview with singer Gwen Stefani. The Broken & Beautiful singer said that she's been focusing on her kids. "It's just one day when you're like, 'Wow, this has forever changed and it's not just my heart has changed, there's other little hearts, too,'" as per Extra.
When she was asked what made her open up about her split, she replied, "I have a great family and friends that are there for me… It's a very hard thing to navigate, to be able to be honest and share your story, so maybe you can help someone else, but at the same time protecting these little kids you adore."
"We have a lot of help as far as therapists or child psychologists because we want to do it right. I definitely want to do it right. Everyone's sad and it’s okay to be sad," added the American Idol alum.
Clarkson who is also a stepmom to her ex-husband's teenage children from his previous marriage, Savannah and Seth, told Entertainment Tonight that "there's a lot of hearts involved here," and so the wellbeing of River and Remington is her priority. "And you know, that's the thing that's been kind of hard to navigate is I am an open book, but at some point, I'm a mama bear more than I am a person in the public eye," she continued.
"So, I care one hundred percent more about my children than I do anything else on this planet. So, that's been the hard thing of, like, yes, I'm willing to share my experience and yes, it is the worst. I mean, the past few months have been horribly sad. But at the same time, I have to think, 'Hmmm, like, what I say has a domino effect in other people's lives,'" she further added.
The star who rose to fame during her teens revealed that she has seen through two divorces in her family herself. "We didn't have social media around when that happened. And, like, having kids that run the gambit of 4 to 19 is a really tough thing. And, you know, I've had conversations with one of our eldest about how difficult it is in the public eye when your parents are so ... you know, one of them is so prominent and having to navigate that for them is hard on their hearts."
Noting that while she wants to be real, she doesn't forget to be careful, she added, "I don't think that anything is—like I said—nothing's wrong with anybody, it's just ... it happens, and that's why there's nothing to hide about it in that sense. You know, it's just, divorce is a really shi**y thing."
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