Kelly Clarkson has been awarded primary custody of her children.
According to People, a Los Angeles County judge has ruled that the ‘Since U Been Gone’ singer, 38, who is currently in divorce proceedings with ex-husband Brandon Blackstock, will have primary physical custody of their two children, daughter River Rose, six, and son Remington Alexander, four.
“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 court document read, referring to Clarkson.
Clarkson, who currently resides in Los Angeles, will allow Blackstock to visit the former couple’s children in the LA region. Blackstock plans to reside in Montana.
The document also states “the level of conflict between the parents has increased. The parties have a difficult time co-parenting due to issues of trust between them.”
The former couple will share joint physical and legal custody, but Clarkson will have primary physical custody in Los Angeles. Blackstock will also FaceTime with River and Remy every day “at a mutually agreed upon time.”
According to the documents, Clarkson and Blackstock have come to the agreement that they will “not 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,” the docs read.
Clarkson filed for divorce in June after being married to Blackstock for seven years. They got engaged in December 2012 and tied the knot in October the following year.
In a segment on her talk show last week, the singer opened up about the positive life lessons she’s learned this year amid her split.
“Even at 38, I feel like I’m always changing and progressing in a good sense, in a good way. And I always want to make sure I’m being the best version of myself,” she said on The Kelly Clarkson Show.
“My mum has been telling me since I was a kid: ‘You are who you surround yourself with.’ You want to make sure you’re surrounded by people that also want to be the best versions of themselves and also want a good common goal for everyone, not just themselves, right? People, like, could be bad for you in a certain time. And I think that everybody just goes, ‘Oh, well that means they’re bad.’ Well, it doesn’t necessarily mean that. It just means that you’re on different paths. And I think that that’s OK. Everybody’s on a different learning curve.”