Kevin Costner’s ex accuses him of ‘withholding’ evidence of his finances: report
Christine Baumgartner, the estranged wife of Kevin Costner, has accused him of withholding evidence of his finances during their ongoing and contentious divorce battle.
In a filing with the California Superior Court on Monday, Baumgartner’s attorney requested that the “Yellowstone” actor provide documents related to his business ventures, as reported by People.
The lawyer alleges that the two-time Oscar winner has been stonewalling by refusing to disclose information ahead of their upcoming child support hearing.
Baumgartner and Costner, who have three children together, have been engaged in a bitter legal dispute since Baumgartner filed for divorce on May 1, ending their 18-year marriage.
Following the filing, Baumgartner was initially unwilling to leave Costner’s luxurious $145 million estate but was eventually forced to vacate.
Initially, Baumgartner was granted $129,755 per month in child support, significantly less than her original request of $248,000 per month.
Under the terms of their prenuptial agreement, Baumgartner is entitled to a $1.5 million payout, and Costner must pay $200,000 in attorney’s fees and $100,000 in forensic costs.
“(Kevin) has requested a multi-day evidentiary hearing on (Christine’s) request for child support, during which the Court will assess (Kevin’s) available cash flow for support and anticipated future income,” Baumgartner’s lawyer stated, according to the outlet.
“(Kevin) has also requested a trial to determine the validity of the parties’ prenuptial agreement, which will depend on whether the terms of the agreement align with the parties’ current financial situation.”
“The Court will need to receive evidence regarding these circumstances to make a decision. However, (Christine) will not be able to present any evidence that (Kevin) has chosen to withhold,” added the lawyer.
Costner’s legal team objected to providing the requested information, describing the filing as burdensome, oppressive, and harassing.
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“This Request seeks documents that are not relevant since the parties entered into a prenuptial agreement that limits spousal support and designates all income earned during the marriage as separate property of the earning spouse, with no community property,” wrote Costner’s lawyer, referencing the film “McFarland, USA.”
Baumgartner, 49, recently claimed that she may not have fully understood the prenuptial agreement they signed in 2004.
In response, Costner’s legal team questioned Baumgartner’s comprehension of the contract and asked the judge to require her legal team to disclose whether she understood the written agreement.
Kevin Costner’s estranged wife Christine Baumgartner has accused him of “withholding” evidence of his finances as their bitter divorce battle rages on.
Baumgartner’s attorney has asked the court to have the “Yellowstone” actor show documents related to his business ventures, according to a California Superior Court filing on Monday and obtained by People.
The lawyer claims that the two-time Oscar winner has been “stonewalling” by not divulging information ahead of their scheduled child support hearing next week.
The pair, who share sons Cayden, 16, Hayes, 14, and daughter Grace, 13, have been embroiled in a bitter legal back and forth ever since Baumgartner filed for divorce on May 1 after 18 years of marriage.
Since filing to end their ill-fated union, Baumgartner was forced to vacate Costner’s plush $145 million estate after initially refusing to budge.
She was temporarily awarded $129,755 per month in child support — far lower than her original request for $248,000 a month.
The mother of three is also entitled to a $1.5 million payout under the terms of their prenup, and Costner must pay $200,000 in attorney’s fees and $100,000 in forensic costs.
“(Kevin) has requested a multi-day evidentiary hearing on (Christine’s) request for child support, at which time the Court will receive evidence regarding (Kevin’s) gross cash flow available for support and anticipated future income,” Baumgartner’s lawyer wrote, according to the outlet.
“(Kevin) has also requested a trial to determine the validity of the parties’ Premarital Agreement, the unconscionability of which will depend on an analysis of how the terms of that agreement compare to the parties’ present financial realities.”
“The Court will need to receive evidence regarding those circumstances to make its determination. However, (Christine) will be unable to present any evidence that (Kevin) has chosen to withhold from discovery,” the lawyer added.
For his part, Costner’s lawyers objected to providing the requested information, calling the filing “burdensome, oppressive, and harassing.”
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“This Request seeks documents that are not relevant given the parties entered into a Premarital Agreement containing 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,” the “McFarland, USA” star’s lawyer wrote.
It comes as Baumgartner, 49, this month claimed that she may not have understood their prenuptial agreement when they signed it in 2004.
In response, Costner’s legal team asked if the handbag designer comprehended what she signed and asked the judge to make Baumgartner’s legal team reveal whether or not their client actually understood the written contract.