New Update in Kelly Clarkson’s Divorce Proceedings
Months after filing for divorce from Brandon Blackstock, a Los Angeles County judge has ruled in favor of Kelly Clarkson on an important issue.
In June, Kelly requested joint physical and legal custody of their children River Rose, 6, and Remington Alexander, 4.
In new court documents obtained by "Extra," a Los Angeles County judge has given primary physical custody to Clarkson.
The court docs reads, “The Court finds that under the circumstances present in this case, the interest in providing stability and continuity for the minor children weighs in favor of Petitioner having primary custody.”
The papers also note that “the level of conflict between the parents has increased. The parties have a difficult time co-parenting due to issues of trust between them."
Blackstock will be allowed to visit their children in Los Angeles, where Clarkson currently lives.
As for the holidays, the docs reveal that River and Remington would spend Thanksgiving break and part of Christmas with Blackstock. Clarkson would get to spend Christmas afternoon through the New Year’s holiday with River and Remington.
Blackstock will be able to FaceTime with the children daily “at a mutually agreed upon time.”
The two have also agreed not to “speak in a derogatory manner about the other parent to the minor children. The custodial parent shall not allow the minor children to be in the presence of any third party who speaks about the other parent in a derogatory manner.”
According to TMZ, Blackstock is now seeking $436,000 in monthly spousal and child support. If his request is granted, he'll receive more than $5.2 million per year.
On Tuesday's episode of "The Kelly Clarkson Show," Clarkson opened up on her struggles with divorce. She told Alicia Keys and Glennon Doyle, "Glennon, you write about the public fallout from your divorce. I’m obviously going through one right now. It’s horrible. There are so many hard parts. The hardest for me is the kids. That’s the hardest for me.”
"I think as women we are trained — Alicia and I were talking earlier — to take it all on and you can deal with it and you’re fine, but it’s your babies that you worry about,” Clarkson emphasized. “So what was the hardest part, because you also did it publicly? That’s a hard thing, as well.”
“Extra’s” Nate Burleson recently caught up with Kelly, who was candid about divorce. When Nate asked, “Why do you feel you need to be so transparent and what does it feel like when you get the support you receive?” Kelly answered, “I have a great family and friends that are there for me… It's a very hard thing to navigate, to be able to be honest and share your story, so maybe you can help someone else, but at the same time protecting these little kids you adore.”
Clarkson went on, “We have a lot of help as far as therapists or child psychologists 'cause we want to do it right… Everyone's sad and it's okay to be sad.”