According to PEOPLE, singer and TV host Kelly Clarkson’s ex-husband, Brandon Blackstock, is looking to be paid $436,000 per month in spousal and child support.
Clarkson filed for divorce in June after seven years of marriage. Blackstock is seeking an exorbitant settlement during the couple’s ongoing divorce proceedings. In addition, an L.A. County judge recently awarded Clarkson primary physical custody of their children. The couple share two kids together; River Rose, 6, and Remington Alexander, 4.
“Brandon’s been equally unreasonable in his requests for child and spousal support, as well as attorney fees,” a source close to the family says. “Kelly’s offered to pay for all the kids’ expenses, but Brandon seems to think he is entitled to and needs $301K in spousal support and $135K in child support per month.”
If a judge grants Blackstock’s request, the music manager, 43, would receive more than $5.2 million per year from The Voice coach.
Additionally, the publication’s source also said that Clarkson is “pleased” by the judge’s custody decision. The former “American Idol” star’s priority is the welfare of her two young children.
“Divorce is hard and it gets tense for most couples going through it. But Kelly’s primary focus is on doing the best she can to protect the kids,” the source explained. “In this case, she had to fight for them since Brandon and his attorneys were making unreasonable requests.”
Kelly Clarkson Didn’t See the Divorce Coming
Supposedly, Blackstock wanted the children to travel “back and forth” from Los Angeles to Montana. Furthermore, he also said he would prefer for them to live in Montana full-time. However, the children have grown up in L.A. and the city has “undeniably been their home base.”
On Monday, PEOPLE accessed the case’s court documents. They showed that in late October, the court ruled in favor of Clarkson. The court documents said that the couple’s children “have not resided in Montana.” Therefore, Blackstock must travel to L.A. for “visitation and parenting time.”
Also, the court noted the couple’s increasing struggles to get along. The court stated that “the level of conflict” between the two had “increased.” The court also said they would have “a difficult time co-parenting due to issues of trust between them.”
In late September, Clarkson spoke out on her ongoing divorce on her show The Kelly Clarkson Show. The singer admitted she was blindsided by the divorce even though she is the one who initiated the proceedings.
“Definitely didn’t see anything coming that came, but what I’m dealing with is hard — it involves more than just my heart, it involves a lot of little hearts,” Clarkson said to the virtual crowd.
“We know the best thing here is to protect our children and their little hearts,” she continued. “So I’m usually very open and I usually talk about everything but in this case I will talk a little bit here and there about how it affects me personally, but probably won’t go too far into it because I’m a mama bear and my kids come first.”