In June 2020, Kelly Clarkson shocked fans by filing for divorce from husband Brandon Blackstock. The two had been together for seven years. While divorce proceedings are still ongoing, the singer was granted primary physical custody of the couple's two children, River Rose and Remington Alexander, by an L.A. County judge in November 2020.
"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 told People in November 2020. "It's been a hard time for everyone, but Kelly's pleased with the court's ruling regarding custody."
The insider added, "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. In this case, she had to fight for them since Brandon and his attorneys were making unreasonable requests."
But another shock came when it was also revealed in November 2020 that Brandon was seeking almost $436K in monthly spousal and child support each month.
Now, the order has come down saying how much Kelly is required to pay her ex. Even though it's not as high as Brandon wanted, it's still a lot of money.
How much is Kelly paying in spousal support?
In July 2021, it was ordered that Kelly pay Brandon $150K in spousal support and $45,601 in child support every month, according to People. Altogether, that's a total of $195,601 each month, or $2,347,212 every year. On top of this, she also has to pay an addition $1.25 million toward his legal fees throughout the divorce proceedings.
At the end of it all, it seems that Kelly wants both herself and her ex to be able to move on. Per the outlet, Kelly said in a declaration to the court in early July 2021 that she and Brandon "deserve the opportunity to build a new life."
Kelly Clarkson's estranged husband initially asked for almost $500K in spousal and child support a month.
In November 2020, it was reported that Kelly's estranged husband originally wanted $436,000 per month in spousal and child support.
"Brandon's been equally unreasonable in his requests for child and spousal support, as well as attorney fees," a source told People in November 2020. "Kelly's offered to pay for all the kids' expenses, but Brandon seems to think he is entitled to and needs $301,000 in spousal support and $135,000 in child support per month."
If a judge had granted Brandon's request, he would have received more than $5.2 million per year. Additionally, Brandon was reportedly requesting his ex pay $2 million in attorney fees. Essentially now, it's as if he's only getting those legal fees paid.
What is Brandon Blackstock's net worth?
Though Brandon originally requested close to $5.2 million per year from his estranged wife, the talent manager is reportedly worth millions.
A source revealed to People in 2020 that Brandon wanted his kids to go "back and forth" from L.A. to his home in Montana or to live in Montana even though California has "undeniably been their home base."
The court decided in October 2020 that the children would reside with Kelly at her Woodvale residence in LA, where Brandon would have to travel to for "visitation and parenting time."
According to the outlet, the court also stated at the time that "the level of conflict" had "increased" between the former couple and the two would have "a difficult time co-parenting due to issues of trust between them."