- A judge has made a tentative ruling on Kevin Costner’s child support payments.
- The ruling is about half of what his estranged wife requested.
- Christine Baumgartner, who filed for divorce, initially sought $248,000 in monthly payments.
A Santa Barbara County judge ordered Tuesday that Kevin Costner pay $129,755 per month in child support payments — half of what his estranged wife was requesting but still far more than what his legal team proposed.
After Christine Baumgartner filed for divorce in May, citing irreconcilable differences, her lawyers sought monthly child support payments of $248,000 before lowering the request to $217,300 per month, Insider previously reported.
In addition, Baumgartner sought to have Costner pay all medical, school, and extracurricular costs for their three children — Cayden, 16; Hayes, 14; and Grace, 13.
According to a court filing, Costner’s legal team sought to enforce the terms of the couple’s prenuptial agreement and pay “an amount not to exceed $51,940 per month, as well as 100% of the children’s health insurance costs, the youngest child, Grace’s, private school tuition, the minor children’s extracurricular expenses, the hunting club fees, the expenses related to Cayden’s car.”
In addition to the $129,755 monthly payments, Judge Thomas Anderle in his Tuesday ruling ordered Costner to pay 50% of the children’s expenses, with Baumgartner ordered to pay the other half.
Costner is also ordered to advance an additional $200,000 in legal fees and $100,000 in forensic costs, which will be subject to reallocation at trial. In a request filed Monday, Costner’s legal ream requested Baumgartner pay $99,225 toward Costner’s lawyer’s fees, accusing her of running up his bill. The outcome of that request has not yet been determined by the court.
The judge had previously sided with Costner in ruling that Baumgartner would be required to vacate their shared home at the end of July, rather than the middle of August as Costner’s estranged wife requested.
The contentious divorce has played out publicly as the former model refused to leave the “Yellowstone” actor’s residence, despite a clause in their prenup stating she would be required to leave within 30 days of filing for dissolution of their 18-year marriage.
Lawyers for Costner and Baumgartner did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.