In the lastest news on Kelly Clarkson’s bitter and protracted divorce from her estranged husband, Brandon Blackstock, the singer will cover the kids expensive private school costs. But, Blackstock is on his own when it comes to upkeep on their Montana Ranch.
According to a new ruling from the judge in her divorce, reports TMZ, Kelly will still pay Blackstock $150k per month in spousal support while the divorce case is pending, in addition to an extra $45k per month or so for child support. However, he is responsible for payments on the ranch they bought in Montana. Kelly requested that the court allow her to sell the former couple’s Montana ranch. But, the judge denied the request and ordered Blackstock to start covering the costs of the property.
The judge noted that the ranch expenses run around $81,000 a month, including taxes, mortgage and insurance. He ordered that Blackstock will be responsible for those expenses, because he’s living there and using it for his primary residence. At the time Kelly filed for divorce, she was living there with him and her kids in a one room cabin. After the split, she decamped to Los Angeles.
The couple’s huge salary disparity
Unsurprisingly, the former couple had a huge salary disparity. The judge found Kelly had monthly income of more than $1.5 mil. By comparison, Blackstock brought in about $10k per month.
As far as their children are concerned, Kelly will pay 70% of private school tuition and related expenses for River Rose and Remington’s education.
In the meantime, Blackstock has challenged the couple’s prenup, claiming it is invalid, and Kelly filed legal documents in July asking the judge to officially grant the singer’s request for a divorce, leaving other issues like money and child custody for another day,