Kelly Clarkson Gets Legal Victory in Divorce Proceedings

Kelly Clarkson divorce payout details revealed: what she’s paying for in split from Brandon Blackstock

Kelly Clarkson originally announced her split from her estranged husband, Brandon Blackstock, in June 2020. Even though their split came over a year ago, the legal battle regarding their divorce has only just begun. Most recently, it was reported that Clarkson would have to pay Blackstock around $200,000 a month in spousal and child support. On Monday, TMZ reported that Clarkson did have a legal victory amid these divorce proceedings.

Although the court found that Clarkson – now a wildly successful daytime talk show host – pulls in around $1.5 million per month to Blackstock’s $10,000 per month, the judge presiding over the case maintained that since Blackstock will be using the ranch as a primary residence, he is responsible for the estimated $81,000 per month it requires to run the property, which includes mortgage, taxes, insurance, etc.

Blackstock, an industry music manager, insisted during court hearings in February and March, his intention to leave the entertainment business altogether in order to become a rancher on a full-time basis.

“The evidence, in this case, shows that after the date of Separation, Respondent made a very deliberate choice to change his life and become a rancher full-time,” the judge wrote in court documents filed on Friday, according to Us Weekly

“He testified that he is not devoting any effort toward expanding his client list and music management business. … Respondent has made a very deliberate choice, that he testified he planned for a long time, to significantly change his lifestyle from primarily working in the music and entertainment industry to working in an agriculture community and lifestyle involved in full-time ranch and cattle work,” the filing states.

Blackstock, also Clarkson’s former manager – pressed in the filing that he spends “minimal time” managing his one client, Blake Shelton.

Furthermore, the outlet reports that for now, Clarkson is to pay 70% of their children’s private school tuition and other related expenses.

The entertainer filed for divorce on June 4, 2020, after nearly seven years of marriage, citing “irreconcilable differences.” They share two young children – River Rose, 7, and Remington Alexander, 5.

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