Kevin Costner vacations with kids after judge orders him to pay $129K a month in child support
Kevin Costner is enjoying quality time with his three children following a court order to pay $129,000 per month in child support during his ongoing divorce from Christine Baumgartner.
According to documents obtained by People, the actor from the popular show “Yellowstone” explained that he was unable to attend court on Wednesday due to a pre-planned vacation with his children – Grace, 13, Hayes, 14, and Cayden, 16 – in British Columbia, Canada.
Regarding the couple’s shared custody arrangement and the reason their children are spending time exclusively with their father, Costner’s legal team stated in the documents, “The children are teenagers and may come and go between his home and Christine’s home once she finds a new residence.”
The purpose of his court appearance was to make progress towards finalizing his divorce from Baumgartner, who filed for divorce in May citing “irreconcilable differences.” The couple had been married for 18 years.
Tensions escalated between the two when Baumgartner refused to vacate their family home, which she was required to do within 30 days of filing for divorce according to their prenuptial agreement.
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In addition, Baumgartner had requested that Costner, 68, pay $248,000 per month in child support. However, a judge ruled that he should pay $129,755 per month, according to court documents obtained by Fox News on Tuesday.
This amount is still double what Costner had originally proposed. He previously argued that his estranged wife only required $51,940 per month for the well-being of their three children, and accused her of seeking additional funds for personal expenses such as shopping and cosmetic procedures.
In addition to child support, the judge ordered the actor from “Bodyguard” to pay $100,000 for forensic costs and $200,000 for attorney’s fees.
The former couple was also instructed to split their children’s expenses, including healthcare, sports, and extracurricular activities, evenly.
According to their prenuptial agreement, Baumgartner is entitled to receive $30,000 per month for renting a new home and an additional $10,000 for moving expenses.
The judge also upheld their prenuptial agreement and ordered Baumgartner to move out by the end of the month.
A source close to Baumgartner claimed that the acrimonious nature of their divorce is a result of Costner’s desire to “humiliate”
Kevin Costner is spending quality time with his three kids after being ordered to pay $129K a month in child support amid his divorce from Christine Baumgartner.
Per documents obtained by People, the “Yellowstone” actor declared he couldn’t make it to court on Wednesday due to a “pre-planned” vacation with his children — Grace, 13, Hayes, 14, and Cayden, 16 — to British Columbia, Canada.
In terms of the couple’s shared custody of their kids and why they are spending solo time with their dad, Costner’s legal team said in the docs, “The children are teenagers and may come and go between his home and Christine’s home once she finds a new residence.”
His court appearance was meant to be yet another step towards finalizing his divorce from Baumgartner after she filed in May over “irreconcilable differences.” They had been married for 18 years.
Things had gotten muddy between the two after the handbag designer refused to leave their family home — something she had to do within 30 days of filing for divorce, according to their prenup.
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On top of that, she had wanted Costner, 68, to pay $248,000 a month in child support. A judge, however, ordered him to pay $129,755 a month, per court documents obtained by Fox News on Tuesday.
That was still double what Costner had proposed. He had previously argued that his estranged wife only needed for their three kids $51,940 a month before accusing her of wanting extra funds for her own personal expenses, such as shopping and cosmetic procedures.
Aside from child support, the judge also ordered the “Bodyguard” actor to pay $100,000 in forensic costs and $200,000 in attorney’s fees.
Additionally, the former couple was ordered to split 50 percent of their children’s expenses, including health care, sports and extracurricular activities.
As for Baumgartner, per their prenup, she would be entitled to $30,000 a month to rent a new home and an additional $10,000 for moving expenses.
The judge also decided to enforce their prenup and ordered Baumgartner to move out at the end of the month.
A source close to Baumgartner claimed that their messy divorce is due to Costner wanting to “humiliate” his estranged wife.
“This isn’t about the house, it’s about making Christine’s life a living hell for actually going through with the divorce,” the insider alleged. “It was Christine who wanted to make this transition as peaceful as possible for the sake of the children. Kevin has done the complete opposite.”
The “Dances with Wolves” star also shares three kids — Joe, 35, Lily, 36, and Annie, 39 — with his ex-wife Cindy Silva. He also has another adult son Liam, 26, with ex Bridget Rooney.