Kevin Costner, the renowned actor, is not holding back on expressing his disappointment with the way his divorce from his estranged wife, Christine Baumgartner, has unfolded in court. After being married for 18 years, Christine filed for divorce in May, triggering a bitter legal battle that continues to escalate. The former couple finds themselves embroiled in conflicts regarding various issues, including their prenuptial agreement, child support, and residential properties. In recently obtained court documents, the animosity between Kevin and Christine is further unveiled, shedding light on a highly contentious situation.
In the newly disclosed court documents, the father-of-seven accuses his soon-to-be ex-wife of employing “stalling tactics” to prolong the divorce proceedings, which have now been ongoing for over three months. Kevin’s legal team asserts that Christine claims to have misunderstood the prenuptial agreement she signed before their 2003 wedding, alluding to what they deem as “gamesmanship of the worst sort.” One of the most hotly debated clauses in the prenup was their agreement that, should Christine file for divorce, she would have a 30-day grace period to vacate their shared home—a breathtaking 1.4-acre cliffside property in Santa Barbara.
Prior to the marital split, the Santa Barbara residence belonged solely to Kevin, who made his position abundantly clear both in court documents and in prior statements. He emphasized that during their discussions about marriage in 2003, he explicitly communicated to Christine that his separate property residences were to remain under his ownership, regardless of the marriage’s outcome. Kevin candidly detailed how his previous divorce had left him without a home base, rendering him unable to reside in his own property. Consequently, he was determined to avoid a similar scenario. Given the nature of his work, which often takes him away from home, Kevin stressed the utmost importance of having a place to call his own when he returns from his demanding schedule.
Christine, however, stood her ground and refused to vacate the Santa Barbara home until Kevin agreed to pay her requested $248,000 per month in child support for their three children: Cayden, 16, Hayes, 14, and Grace, 13. Kevin vehemently rejected this figure, deeming it “highly inflated and unsubstantiated.” He further alleged that Christine allocated a significant portion of expenses, including those for a private trainer, credit card charges, and even her own plastic surgery, to the minor children without reasonable justification. According to Kevin, these expenditures served to primarily benefit the supported parent and went well beyond providing the children with basic necessities.
Initially, the prenuptial agreement stipulated that Kevin should provide $38,000 per month in child support. After negotiations, Kevin offered $123,620, while Christine insisted on her original request of $248,000. Ultimately, a judge mandated that Kevin pay $129,000 each month. This court-mandated decision showcases an attempt to strike a balance between the competing, yet valid, positions of both parties.
While the judge’s ruling seemed to settle the matter of child support payments, the divorce battle between Kevin and Christine is still far from its conclusion. A judge ordered Christine to vacate the Santa Barbara property by July 31, a date she contested in favor of August 31. On the other hand, Kevin argued for an even earlier deadline of July 13. As the deadline loomed, moving trucks were observed at both the Santa Barbara residence and another property owned by Kevin in close proximity.
The divorce proceedings of Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner have unmasked the deep-rooted strife and acrimony that can pervade even the most intimate relationships. This case highlights the intricate complexities involved in handling substantial assets and child support obligations when a marital union irreparably breaks down. As the legal battle rages on, the once-loving couple battles fiercely to safeguard their interests while navigating the emotional toll of their shattered marriage.