Kelly Clarkson Seeks to Legally Restore Her Last Name Following Court Approval of Prenup Agreement

Kelly Clarkson, 39, has petitioned the court to have her last name restored during her ongoing divorce from ex-husband Brandon Blackstock, PEOPLE learns. The former couple’s prenuptial agreement was upheld on Wednesday.

The singer has requested that her name be legally changed going forward. According to The Blast, the document adds, “Petitioner requests restoration of the former name as set forth in the proposed judgment.” Clarkson is also seeking a default judgment to formalize her divorce.

Blackstock was opposing the prenuptial agreement, which protects Clarkson’s assets, including the Montana ranch where he is presently residing, according to TMZ, and income made during the marriage, saying that each should be divided between the two.

Clarkson initiated divorce proceedings in June 2020. She petitioned a judge last month to approve the divorce and proclaim her legally single. In a court document obtained by PEOPLE, Clarkson stated that she and Blackstock “both deserve the opportunity to build a new life.”

Clarkson was granted custody of her two children, River Rose, 7, and Remington Alexander, 5, in November, a decision she was reportedly “pleased” with at the time.

Earlier this month and just days after a Los Angeles County judge ordered Clarkson to pay Blackstock almost $200,000 per month in spousal and child support, a source told PEOPLE that Clarkson is “facing forward” and putting the children’s well-being first.

“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 insider said that the six-figure monthly settlement is only temporary, following reports that the agreed-upon amount is way less than what Blackstock initially wanted.

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