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Kelly Clarkson Hires Private Divorce Judge As She Fights Ex-Husband Brandon Blackstock Over Montana Ranch

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Dec. 8 2021, Published 5:32 p.m. ET

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Kelly Clarkson and her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock have agreed to use a private judge to help finalize their nasty divorce battle.

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According to court documents obtained by Radar, the 39-year-old talk show host has hired retired Judge Scott Gordon. The filing notes Gordon will hear and determine “all matters until the final determination of the case.”

Gordon is famous in his own right. He was the judge who presided over Mel Gibson and Britney Spears’ custody battles when he worked at the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Kelly Clarkson Scores Montana Ranch In Messy Divorce Battle With Ex-Husband Brandon Blackstock

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The move to take the fight behind closed doors comes weeks after Kelly took "live testimony" of Brandon on November 11. In docs, she said Brandon planned to " testify as to the issues raised by Petitioner’s Request for Order that he vacate the” ranch.

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Kelly's Montana ranch has become a huge problem in the divorce.

Back in October, the judge in Kelly's divorce ruled the Montana ranch she purchased during the marriage was her sole property. The home was purchased by the American Idol winner in 2019 and the couple spent the majority of the pandemic at the ranch.

In court, Brandon had been demanding ownership of the home despite signing an iron-clad prenuptial agreement. He told the court he was working full-time as a rancher after quitting his job as a music manager.

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The judge wasn't persuaded and not only awarded Kelly the ranch but two other properties nearby.

It seems Brandon is dragging his feet on leaving the home despite the judge already finding Kelly is the sole owner.

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As Radar previously reported, Kelly filed for divorce from Blackstock in June 2020. She is currently paying her ex $200,000 per month in child and spousal support. The breakdown of the support is $150k in spousal plus another $50k in child support.

The judge came to the amount based on Kelly's monthly income of $1.7 million.

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Despite the hefty monthly payments, Kelly did score big when the judge granted her primary custody of their two kids, 6-year-old River and 4-year-old Remy.

Kelly, who was ordered to pay Brandon $1.5 million to cover his legal bills, has been pleading for him to vacate the ranch. Sources say she is ready to list the property and wants to wash her hands clean of it.

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Kelly is still involved in a separate civil lawsuit against Brandon's father and his management company. She is demanding millions as part of the court war.

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