Kevin Costner’s estranged wife ‘relieved’ she will receive $130K per month in child support
Christine Baumgartner is feeling a sense of relief after a judge issued a ruling that requires her estranged husband, Kevin Costner, to pay nearly $130,000 per month in child support.
According to a source cited by People, Baumgartner, who works as a handbag designer, simply wants to provide for and support her children. She does not want them to suffer or experience negative life changes as a result of the divorce.
Previously, Baumgartner had argued that she needed $248,000 per month to care for their children, while Costner believed that $52,000 per month would be sufficient. However, the judge’s ruling on Wednesday determined that Costner would pay over $129,000 per month in child support.
In addition to the child support ruling, the California Superior Court judge also denied Costner’s request to settle the matter before their upcoming trial in November. This trial will determine the validity of their prenuptial agreement, which was signed in 2004.
The source mentioned that Baumgartner is feeling the stress of the situation but is trying to remain positive. Meanwhile, Costner was absent from the court hearing due to a previously planned vacation with his children in British Columbia, Canada.
In May, Baumgartner filed for divorce from Costner after 18 years of marriage, citing “irreconcilable differences.” Both parties have filed for joint custody of their children. However, tensions have risen between the couple, with Costner accusing his ex-wife of seeking additional child support to fund personal expenses, such as cosmetic surgeries.
Documents obtained by TheFantasyTimes revealed that the actor’s forensic accountant discovered Baumgartner spends approximately $100,000 on cosmetic procedures. In response, Baumgartner, who has not held a job since 2007, argued that the children need the funds to maintain their current lifestyle, which includes assistance with schedules, meal preparation, grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning.
She claimed that Costner earns enough money, including $65,000 per month from renting out his beachfront property, to make the desired child support payments.
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Christine Baumgartner is “relieved” after a judge ordered estranged husband Kevin Costner to pay almost $130K a month in child support.
Speaking about the ruling, a source told People on Thursday that the handbag designer “only wants to take care of and support her children.”
The insider continued, “The divorce is not their fault. She doesn’t want them to suffer, or experience negative life changes because of it.”
Baumgartner, 49, had previously argued that she needed $248,000 a month to care for their children. Costner, however, said she could manage with $52,000 a month.
But, on Wednesday, a judge ruled that Costner would be paying more than $129K a month.
The California Superior Court judge also denied the actor’s request to settle the matter of child support before the former couple’s November 27 trial date, which will determine if their prenup agreement signed in 2004 is valid.
“It’s all stressful for Christine, but she is trying to stay positive, ” the source further told the outlet.
Despite the huge decision, the “Yellowstone” actor skipped the court hearing due to a “pre-planned” vacation with his kids — Grace, 13, Hayes, 14, and Cayden, 16 — in British Columbia, Canada.
Baumgartner had filed for divorce from the movie star in May after 18 years of marriage due to “irreconcilable differences.” They both then filed for joint custody of their children.
However, things got messy between the two when the “Bodyguard” actor alleged his ex was only asking for extra child support to fund her personal expenses, such as cosmetic surgeries.
Documents obtained by TheFantasyTimes previously showed the actor’s forensic accountant found the designer spends around $100,000 on the procedures.
But Baumgartner — who hasn’t had a job since 2007 — argued their children needed the funds to avoid a drastic change in their lifestyle, which includes assistants to help with schedules, food prep, grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning.
She claimed that her estranged husband makes enough money — including $65,000 per month for renting out his beachfront property, according to documents obtained by TMZ — to make the payments she desired.
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On top of their child support, the couple was arguing over Baumgartner’s refusal to move out of the “Hidden Figures” actor’s $1.2 million home.
Costner claimed that their prenup declared she had 30 days to leave their home.
The designer, however, insisted she couldn’t do so because she didn’t have enough money for a suitable home for her and the children.
Honoring the agreement, a judge ruled that she had until the end of the month of July to pack her things.