Kevin Costner, known for his role in “Yellowstone,” is making headlines as he files new divorce documents against his estranged wife, Christine Baumgartner. The documents aim to ensure an orderly process as Baumgartner prepares to leave their shared beachfront estate in California.
Let’s dive into the details and unravel the complexities of this high-profile divorce.
Kevin Costner Takes Legal Action to Safeguard His $145 Million Estate
Kevin Costner’s legal team has filed an ex parte application to prevent Christine Baumgartner from removing any of Costner’s separate property from their Santa Barbara estate. The “Yellowstone” actor argues that, according to their pre-marital agreement, there is no community property involved in the divorce.
Baumgartner’s Deadline Approaches
Recently, a judge ordered Baumgartner to vacate their $145 million Carpinteria compound by the end of July. However, Costner’s legal team raises concerns that Baumgartner intends to remove items that are not her separate property.
A written agreement between the two parties has yet to be reached.
Property Ownership in Question
Costner asserts that the pre-marital agreement stipulates that Baumgartner must not only move out of the home within 30 days but also refrain from living in any of his properties after their divorce. With the Santa Barbara housing market presenting challenges, Baumgartner’s legal team argues that finding a suitable new home for her three children is difficult.
Objection to Ex Parte Application
Baumgartner’s legal team objects to Costner’s ex parte application and requests that the court deny it outright. They argue that the parties should be allowed to work out personal property issues themselves, considering the level of wealth involved in the case.
They suggest that any disputes can be resolved during the trial.
Child Support Battle
Tensions rise as the couple battles over child support. Baumgartner was recently awarded $129,755 per month in child support by Judge Thomas Anderle. Costner is also required to pay $200,000 in attorney’s fees and $100,000 in forensic costs.
The estranged couple will share 50% of their children’s health care expenses, as well as sports and extracurricular activity costs.
Divorce Request Details
Baumgartner initially requested $248,000 per month in child support or, as an alternative, the guideline rate of $217,300 per month. She also requested that Costner fully cover their children’s private school tuition, health care expenses, and extracurricular activities.
The court denied her request for automatic transfer of payments from Costner.
The Path to Divorce
Baumgartner filed for divorce from Kevin Costner on May 1, citing “irreconcilable differences.” They have been married for 18 years and have three children together. Both parties have filed for joint custody of their children, Cayden, Hayes, and Grace.
As the divorce drama unfolds, Kevin Costner fights to protect his estate, and Christine Baumgartner navigates the challenges of finding a new home for her children. The battle over child support adds another layer of complexity to this high-profile divorce. Stay tuned as the story develops and the court proceedings continue.