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Kelly Clarkson Obtains Private Judge In Divorce From Brandon Blackstock As They Fight Over Montana Ranch: Report

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Dec. 8 2021, Published 7:53 p.m. ET

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Kelly Clarkson and her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock can agree on one thing — hiring a private judge to finalize their divorce.

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In court documents obtained by Radar, The Voice judge, 39, has brought on retired Judge Scott Gordon, who according to the filing notes will hear and determine “all matters until the final determination of the case.”

Clarkson and the 44-year-old talent agent — who share daughter River Rose, 7, and son Remington, 5 — split after six years together in June of 2020. The former couple's divorce became official in September.

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The one major aspect of the divorce that still needs to be finalized is the state of the talk show host's Montana ranch. After Clarkson took "live testimony" of Blackstock back in November, according to legal papers, she believed that her former spouse planned to "testify as to the issues raised by Petitioner’s Request for Order that he vacate" the ranch.

The country home — that the "Since U Been Gone" singer purchased in 2019 — was ruled by a judge in October to be Clarkson's sole property.

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However, Blackstock claimed in court that he also had ownership of the home (despite the clear prenuptial agreement that says otherwise) citing that he had quit his job as a music manager to work on the ranch full-time. The judge awarded Clarkson the ranch and the two properties nearby.

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But according to the outlet, the father-of-four has been taking his time moving out of the Montana property despite Clarkson pleading with him to leave. The star reportedly wants to list the property and move on.

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Clarkson and Blackstock's separation has been a nasty one — the singer is currently paying her ex $200,000 per month in child and spousal support ($150k in spousal plus another $50k in child support) due to Clarkson's hefty $1.7 million income.

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The former American Idol contestant was also ordered to pay her ex a whopping $1.5 million to cover his legal bills. Clarkson is currently involved in a separate civil lawsuit against Brandon's father and his management company, in which she is demanding millions.

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