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By Jitin Gambhir

Kevin Costner’s estranged wife wants child support increased again

Kevin Costner’s former wife, Christine Baumgartner, is reportedly contesting the amount of child support that Costner is legally obligated to pay for their three children. After a judge ordered Costner to pay $129,755 per month in July, Baumgartner filed a request to increase that amount. She argues that her children, Cayden, Hayes, and Grace, should be able to maintain the same lifestyle with both parents and claims that new information about Costner’s income has surfaced. Baumgartner has accused Costner of withholding evidence related to his business dealings during their divorce and asserts that his net worth has quadrupled to $400 million, surpassing the reported $250 million. Court records indicate that Costner earned $19,517,064.32 before taxes in 2022. The couple, who were married for three years, share three children.

Initially, Baumgartner was said to be relieved with the judge’s decision on child support. However, she later changed her stance and sought a higher payment. In her divorce filing, she argued that her children deserved closer to $250,000 per month. Baumgartner also wanted Costner to fully cover their children’s private school tuition, extracurricular activities, sports, and healthcare expenses. Costner countered by proposing $51,940 per month, accusing Baumgartner of requesting additional funds for her own expenses, including plastic surgery.

Baumgartner, a self-proclaimed stay-at-home mom with no income, criticized Costner’s child support proposal as inappropriate. She now believes that $175,057 per month is a more suitable amount but acknowledges that it will not replicate Costner’s lifestyle. Nevertheless, she considers it sufficient to provide a relatively comparable lifestyle for their children.

Baumgartner filed for divorce in May, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple had been married for 18 years and signed a prenuptial agreement that outlines spousal support and living arrangements. However, Baumgartner’s attorneys have raised concerns about her understanding of the agreement.

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Kevin Costner’s estranged wife, Christine Baumgartner, is reportedly pushing back on how much child support her movie star ex is legally required to pay for their three kids.

After a judge ordered the “Bodyguard” star, 68, to pay $129,755 per month in July, the former handbag designer, 49, filed a request to increase that amount, according to court documents obtained by TMZ Friday.

Baumgartner is reportedly seeking an amendment due to the fact that she wants her children — Cayden, 16, Hayes, 14, and Grace, 13 — to “enjoy the same lifestyle” with both of their parents and because new information about how much Costner really makes has allegedly come to light.

The mother of three recently accused the “Yellowstone” star of “withholding” evidence related to his business dealings amid their divorce.

She claimed this week that Costner’s net worth quadrupled throughout their marriage to $400 million, which is higher than the estimated $250 million that has been reported online.

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Court records previously obtained by TheFantasyTimes also showed the “Hidden Figures” star earned a total of $19,517,064.32 before taxes due to income from TV and film projects, rentals and social security in 2022.


Kevin Costner and Christina Baumgartner with their three kids at a red carpet event.
The exes, who were married for three years, share three kids.
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Baumgartner at first was said to be “relieved” with the judge’s decision regarding her kids’ child support.

An insider also told People at the time, “It’s all stressful for Christine, but she is trying to stay positive.”

While Baumgartner was content for about a month, her change of heart isn’t too much of a shock as she initially was seeking a much higher child support payment.

After Baumgartner filed for divorce in May, she argued via her attorneys that her children deserved closer to $250,000 a month.


Kevin Costner and Christina Baumgartner.
Baumgartner has accused Costner of withholding some of his financial information.
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She claimed in court documents that the amount she proposed was actually “less than the amount needed to maintain the children in their accustomed lifestyle.”

The former model also reportedly wanted her ex to fully pay for their kids’ private-school tuition, extracurricular activities, sports and health care expenses.


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However, Costner hit back, stating that $51,940 a month was the more “reasonable” amount and accused Baumgartner of asking for more money to fund her own expenses, including plastic surgery.


Kevin Costner and Christina Baumgartner.
The former model initially wanted nearly $250,000 a month in child support.
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The self-proclaimed “stay-at-home” mom, who admitted in court docs that she has “no income” of her own, then blasted the “Field of Dreams” star for his “inappropriate” child support proposal.

Costner’s reps did not immediately return TheFantasyTimes’s request for comment on Baumgartner’s latest attempts to revise the judge’s ruling.

According to TMZ, she now believes that $175,057 a month is a more suitable amount but she still considers it to be a good “deal” for her ex since it “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.”


Kevin Costner and Christina Baumgartner on their wedding day.
Baumgartner filed for divorce in May, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
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Costner and Baumgartner tied the knot in 2004 and were married for 18 years.

The estranged couple signed a prenuptial agreement, which reportedly details how much Baumgartner gets for spousal support and her post-split living situation.

However, she recently tried to challenge that as well, with her attorneys telling the court that their client may have not “understood” what she signed.

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