Kevin Costner’s estranged wife Christine Baumgartner demands $175k-a-month in child support so their children can enjoy a ‘comparable lifestyle’ to the actor’s time with them
Kevin Costner’s estranged wife Christine Baumgartner is demanding the actor up his child support payments from $129,755 a month to $175,057 a month to fund their children’s lifestyles.
The Yellowstone actor, 68 and his ex, 49, share Cayden 16, Hayes, 14, and Grace, 13 and TMZ reports Baumgartner has filed legal documents asking the court to reconsider the payments so the children can ‘enjoy the same lifestyle with both parents’ and after learning how much money Costner has earned.
Baumgartner initially requested a monthly child support total of $248,000, which Costner said he was opposed to in June before she was awarded $129,755 a month.
Baumgartner states in the documents how the children live in a beach compound- worth between $65million-$95million with Costner and fly private with the actor on vacations.
She says the actor needs to pay more child support ‘so that the children can go on comparable vacations when they are with her. This is true even if the child support payments also improve Christine’s lifestyle’ – which she says is the standard required by California family code.
Split: Kevin Costner’s estranged wife Christine Baumgartner is demanding the actor up his child support payments from $129,755 a month to $175,057 a month to fund their children’s lifestyles (pictured 2022)
Family: The former couple share three children together, Cayden 16, Hayes, 14, and Grace 13 (pictured 2015) and TMZ reports Baumgartner has filed legal documents asking the court to reconsider the payments so the children can ‘enjoy the same lifestyle with both parents’
She adds the higher amount ‘will not be sufficient to replicate Kevin’s lifestyle, but it will be sufficient to allow her to provide a lifestyle for the children which is relatively comparable.’
Baumgartner claims Kevin’s average cash flow for the past two years was $19,248,467 per year, which works out at $1.6 million each month. She also claims he made $11million from Yellowstone season 4, $10million for season 5 and is scheduled to make $12million from upcoming film Horizon.
She says he will make another $12million for the film’s sequel.
Baumgartner is currently living in a temporary rental in Montecito for $40,000 a month and says in the documents: ‘Unlike Kevin’s Beach Club Compound, the September rental is on the mountain side of the freeway. It does not have beach front access, nor is it walking distance to the beach, and has no scenic view.’
This comes after Costner claimed he ‘does not know for a fact’ if his estranged wife, Baumgartner, had ‘extramarital’ affairs but stated that he had been faithful during their marriage.
The Yellowstone actor who recently claimed that his ex is deliberately trying to ‘delay’ their divorce, has been embroiled in tumultuous divorce proceedings since Christine filed on May 1.
In a new legal request for order obtained by People, the mother of three has asked for further documentation to prove Costner’s finances.
Some of the requests included, ‘expenses paid by you, or any person at your request or on your behalf, relating to any extramarital romantic relationships.’
She says the actor needs to pay more child support ‘so that the children can go on comparable vacations when they are with her. This is true even if the child support payments also improve Christine’s lifestyle’; Christine seen in 2019 in Los Angeles
In response, the star’s legal team stated that the request is, ‘propounded only for purposes of harassment, is overbroad as to time period and subject matter, burdensome, oppressive and impermissibly compound.’
His lawyers further stated that Christine and her attorneys’ request is ‘not relevant to the subject matter’ because ‘there is no community property’ between the former couple in regards to their separation.
Costner and his team also added that he ‘does not know for a fact if [Christine] engaged in any “extramarital romantic relationships” before separation and, if so, whether she spent any of his money or charged any expenses in furtherance of her affair(s) on credit cards he paid.’
The star’s attorneys stated, ‘[Kevin] has no responsive documents for “extramarital romantic relationships” in which he engaged because he engaged in none.’
According to the outlet, New York matrimonial and family law attorney, Marilyn B. Chinitz, explained that Christine’s request is ‘not unusual.’
But added that, ‘The request for “expenses paid relating to any extramarital romantic relationships” should be stricken as irrelevant and harassing and represents nothing more than a fishing expedition.’
The Dances With Wolves actor and the handbag designer initially tied the knot in 2004 in Aspen, Colorado and share three children: Cayden 16, Hayes, 14, and Grace, 13.
But in May, after nearly 19 years of marriage, Christine filed for divorce, leaving the Hollywood star reportedly ‘blindsided’ and came as an ‘unpleasant surprise,’ a source told People at the time.
Their divorce quickly turned nasty and his estranged wife made recent claims that Kevin has been ‘withholding’ his financial records over his $400million fortune amid their ongoing divorce.
New documents: In a new legal request for order obtained by People, the mother of three has asked further documentation to prove Costner’s finances; seen in 2019 in Madrid
The designer said in legal docs filed in California Superior Court Monday that the Academy Award-winning actor has withheld documents in the case, People reported Wednesday after reviewing legal documents.
Baumgartner – who has publicly clashed with Costner over her living arrangements since the split – has been asking for docs detailing ‘his future endeavors and anticipated income’ in projects such as his forthcoming film series Horizon.
Christine requested the court order for Costner to share the documents requested. Her team said the actor has been ‘stonewalling’ them in regards to sharing pertinent info with a child support hearing slated for next week, and one in November that will scrutinize the premarital agreement in the case.
Baumgartner – who the court in July awarded $129,755 per month in monthly child support – has said she felt under pressure to sign the prenup, which awards her a $1.5 million payout in the event of the marriage ending.
Her lawyers said in legal documents that Costner ‘has requested a multi-day evidentiary hearing on [Baumgartner’s] request for child support, at which time the Court will receive evidence regarding [Costner’s] gross cash flow available for support and anticipated future income.’
Family: The Dances With Wolves actor and the handbag designer initially tied the knot in 2004 in Aspen, Colorado and share three children: Cayden 16, Hayes, 14, and Grace, 13; seen in 2019
The attorneys said that the court ‘will need to receive evidence regarding those circumstances to make its determination,’ but that Baumgartner ‘will be unable to present any evidence that [Costner] has chosen to withhold from discovery.’
Baumgartner initially requested a monthly child support total of $248,000, which Costner said he was opposed to in June.
The actor, who made around $20 million in 2022, said the amount was not feasible as he’s slated to make ‘substantially less’ since he has stepped away from the series Yellowstone.
Baumgartner’s legal team asked for information detailing Horizon – noting that ‘such documents evidence his future endeavors and anticipated income’ – and said Costner’s team has withheld them.
Recent depositions: On August 19, both Kevin and Christine were spotted out in Santa Barbara, California to give depositions amid their ongoing divorce battle; seen in 2022
A lawyer for the Bull Durham actor said the request ‘seeks documents that are not relevant given the parties entered into’ a prenup that stipulated ‘a limitation on spousal support and providing that all income earned during marriage would be the separate property of the spouse earning the income and providing for no community property.’
Costner’s lawyer described some of the requests as ‘burdensome, oppressive and harassing.’
Over the weekend on August 19, both Kevin and Christine were separately spotted out in Santa Barbara, California to give depositions amid their ongoing divorce battle.
Christine has since moved out of their $145 million mansion after she was ordered to vacate the estate by the end of July and has since been residing in a temporary house in Santa Barbara.
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