Judge Orders Kelly Clarkson to Pay Her Ex $200K a Month in Spousal and Child Support
Kelly Clarkson officially filed for divorce back in June 2020, ending her seven-year marriage to Brandon Blackstock and setting off a series of unfortunate events that nobody saw coming, including accusations of fraud, custody battles, and, naturally, money issues. People reports that a Los Angeles judge ruled that Clarkson is obligated to pay Blackstock nearly $200,000 per month to cover spousal and child support.
Back in November, a different L.A. judge granted Clarkson primary physical custody of the couple's children, River Rose and Remington Alexander. Even though she has custody, Clarkson will give Blackstock "$150,000 per month in spousal support and $45,601 per month in child support." That amounts to $2.4 million per year and on top of all of that number-crunching, Clarkson will also have to pay $1.25 million for Blackstock's legal fees as they continue to iron out their divorce.
People previously reported that Blackstock had initially asked for $436,000 per month (broken down to $301,000 in spousal support and $135,000 in child support).
"As Kelly has said, her first priority in all of this is to take care of the kids and all the hearts that are involved in this divorce," a source close to Clarkson said. "It's been a hard time for everyone, but Kelly's pleased with the court's ruling regarding custody."
"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 finished. "In this case, she had to fight for them since Brandon and his attorneys were making unreasonable requests."
Extra notes that Clarkson's monthly income is listed as $1,583,617 in court documents.
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