Brandon Blackstock and Kelly Clarkson during the arrivals for the 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar in January 2020. Photo / Getty Images

Kelly Clarkson filed for a divorce from her husband Brandon Blackstock in June of this year. The couple share two young children. Their separation has been far from simple. Blackstock has reportedly claimed US$301,000 ($426,000) in spousal support and US$135,000 ($191,000) in child support per month.

Spousal maintenance and child support are commonly applied for and granted in New Zealand. However, it is uncommon to see a claim for such significant monthly sums.

In this NZ Herald article, I discuss whether such a claim could be successfully brought in New Zealand.