kelly clarkson files appeal to be legally divorced from ex-husband brandon blackstock

Kelly Clarkson Asks Judge Restore Her Maiden Name Amid Divorce

Kelly Clarkson wants to ditch her married name.

Clarkson, 39, asked the judge to restore her last name amid her ongoing divorce from her estranged husband, Brandon Blackstock.

Blackstock had contested the document, which protects Clarkson’s assets. This includes the Montana ranch where he is currently living, TMZ reports as well as income earned during the marriage.

Clarkson has also asked to legally change her name moving forward. “Petitioner requests restoration of the former name as set forth in the proposed judgment” the document states, according to The Blast.

In addition, Clarkson is also asking for a default judgment in her case to help finalize her divorce.

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Clarkson filed for divorce in June 2020. And just last month, she requested that a judge sign off on the divorce and declare her legally single. According to a declaration to the court, Clarkson said that she and Blackstock “both deserve the opportunity to build a new life.”

Clarkson was granted custody of her two children — daughter River Rose, 7, and son Remington Alexander, 5 — back in November.

“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,” said the source. “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 source added. “In this case, she had to fight for them since Brandon and his attorneys were making unreasonable requests.”

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Earlier this month, and days after a Los Angeles County judge ordered Clarkson to pay Blackstock nearly $200,000 a month in spousal and child support, a source told PEOPLE that Clarkson is “facing forward” and taking care of her children whom she shares with Blackstock.

“Kelly is more than fine. She is doing great and facing forward,” a first source explained. “She’s enjoying the fact that she has the kids for the vast majority of the time and is enjoying time spent with them.”

The source revealdt he six-figure monthly settlement is solely temporary.  A previous source told PEOPLE that the agreed-upon amount is half of what Blackstock, who used to work as Clarkson’s manager, initially requested.

“The court order is what it is,” the source detailed. “It is strictly temporary support until a final settlement is worked out.”

But money aside, at the end of the day, Clarkson’s kids come first. “When she doesn’t work, she is all about being a mom,” a second source told PEOPLE. “She loves being with her kids.”

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