Earlier today, we reported that the singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson has been awarded primary custody of her two children in her divorce from her husband Brandon Blackstock. However, it has since been revealed that Blackstock is seeking $436,000 in spousal and child support after a judge gave custody of the kids to Clarkson.
“Brandon’s been equally unreasonable in his requests for child and spousal support, as well as attorney fees,” a source told People Magazine. “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 Blackstock gets his way, he’ll be getting $5.2 million per year from Clarkson.
“Additionally, he’s already asked for $2M for attorney fees when he’s the one driving up the cost of the divorce with seven attorneys just representing him alone,” the source continued.
Another source close to the family said that Clarkson is “pleased” by the custody ruling and that her main priority is to protect her children.
“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,” the second source explained. “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 insider added. “In this case, she had to fight for them since Brandon and his attorneys were making unreasonable requests.”
The source then claimed that Blackstock wanted the children to go “back and forth” from Los Angeles to Montana or reside in Montana even though L.A. has “undeniably been their home base.” A judge ruled last month that the children “have not resided in Montana” and instead Blackstock must travel to L.A. to see the children at Clarkson’s Woodvale residence for “visitation and parenting time.”
The judge went on to say that “the level of conflict” between Clarkson and Blackstock had “increased” and that the former couple would have “a difficult time co-parenting due to issues of trust between them.”
Clarkson had previously said on her show that she did not see her separation from Blackstock coming.
“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,” she said back in September. “We know the best thing here is to protect our children and their little hearts. 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.”