Can the rich and famous get spousal support after a divorce?

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.

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