Kevin Costner’s estranged wife moves into ‘smaller house’ on his property: report
Kevin Costner’s estranged wife, Christine Baumgartner, has officially relocated from their shared home in Santa Barbara, California. After exclusive pictures of U-Haul trucks outside their residence surfaced on TheFantasyTimes, it has been revealed that Baumgartner is moving to a smaller house on the same property, which has previously been used as staff quarters. This move is a temporary arrangement as she continues to search for a new home.
Baumgartner’s decision to stay in the area is motivated by her desire to minimize disruption in their children’s lives. According to a source, she wants them to be able to return to school in the fall and be with their friends. It is worth noting that the home she is moving into has been used as staff quarters in the past.
The insider emphasized that Baumgartner’s priority is to maintain a sense of normalcy for the children. She is focused on them and is making an effort to keep everything as stable as possible. On moving day, numerous cardboard boxes, presumably filled with Baumgartner’s belongings, were seen surrounding the moving trucks. It is unclear if Costner was present during the move, as he is likely still on vacation in Aspen, Colorado, with their three children.
The timing of the move is significant, as Baumgartner had to leave the home three days before the specified deadline. A judge had ordered her to vacate the premises by July 31, in accordance with the terms of their prenuptial agreement signed in 2004. However, the judge ruled that she needed Costner’s consent before removing anything from the house, except for her personal belongings. Costner expressed concern that Baumgartner would take his property without his knowledge or consent. He claimed that she had already demonstrated a tendency to do so in the months leading up to their separation.
In court documents, it was revealed that Baumgartner had used $25,000 from Costner’s separate property funds to pay a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles, without his knowledge. However, she denied stripping the house bare and stated that she provided pictures of the items she intended to remove to Costner’s lawyer.
Apart from the living arrangements, a judge also ruled that Costner must pay Baumgartner $129,755 per month in child support. He is also responsible for covering $200,000 in attorney’s fees and $100,000 in forensic costs. Both parents are required to contribute equally to their children’s healthcare expenses, as well as expenses related to sports and extracurricular activities.
Kevin Costner’s estranged wife, Christine Baumgartner, has officially moved out of their shared home — but she didn’t go very far.
After TheFantasyTimes exclusively obtained pictures of U-Haul trucks outside of the estranged couple’s Santa Barbara, Calif., home Friday, more details about where exactly Baumgartner is relocating to amid their divorce have surfaced.
“Christine is following the legal advice per the prenup and is vacating the family house,” a source told People, adding that she “will stay at a smaller house on the property that’s been used as a staff quarter.”
The insider added that this “is a temporary solution” and the handbag designer is “still looking for another house.”
“She is staying in the area to not disrupt the kids’ lives,” the source told the outlet. “They will be back at school in the fall with their friends.
“Christine is trying to keep everything as normal as possible. Her sole focus is the kids.”
Piles of cardboard boxes, which were presumably filled with Baumgartner’s belongings, surrounded the moving trucks.
It’s unclear if the former couple was present for moving day, as Costner, 68, is likely still vacationing in Aspen, Colo., with their three children: sons Cayden, 16, and Hayes, 14, and daughter Grace, 13.
The move comes three days before the mom of three, 49, had to be out of the home.
Earlier this month, a judge ordered that she had to vacate the premises by July 31, upholding the terms of their prenup, which was signed in 2004.
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The judge later ruled that the former model needed her ex’s consent before removing any items — aside from her personal belongings — from their home.
The “Hidden Figures” star told the court he was afraid that Baumgartner — who filed for divorce in May — was going to rob him blind.
In court docs obtained by TheFantasyTimes at the time, Costner said Baumgartner had “shown a disturbing propensity in the last several months, both before and after separation, to take [Kevin’s] property without his knowledge or consent, especially since this case was filed.”
The docs alleged that she paid a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer $25,000 from Costner’s separate property funds — without his knowledge.
However, Baumgartner asserted that she did not “strip the house” bare and claimed she provided the actor’s lawyer with “pictures of the items” she planned to remove.
Aside from their living arrangements, a judge ruled earlier this month that the “Yellowstone” star had to pay Baumgartner $129,755 per month in child support.
The judge also ordered the dad of seven to cover $200,000 in attorney’s fees and $100,000 in forensic costs.