Christine, 49 — who claims Costner informed their children of the split via Zoom — had her cellphone in hand as she sat behind the wheel of a gray Range Rover.
She was arriving at her and Costner’s $145million compound, which the Yellowstone star alleged she refuses to vacate.
The outing comes just one day after it was reported that Costner, 68, was totally ‘blindsided’ when Christine served him with divorce papers in May.
A source told The Sun that it came as a shock to Costner because he thought the two had agreed to a more amicable divorce procedure, in which he would serve her the papers before following the procedure outlined in their prenuptial agreement, according to sources who spoke to The Sun.
Spotted: Kevin Costner’s estranged wife Christine Baumgartner was spotted driving in Carpinteria, California on Tuesday amid the couple’s bitter divorce battle
Christine, 49 — who claims Costner informed their children of the split via Zoom — had her cellphone in hand as she sat behind the wheel of a gray Range Rover
Home: She was arriving at her and Costner’s $145million compound, which the Yellowstone star alleged she refuses to vacate
Instead, Christine — who is requesting $248,000 per month in child support payments — served him papers the day after he informed their children of the split.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Costner’s representative for comment.
The actor ‘sat his family down, told them he and their mum were getting a divorce and his lawyer was getting the paperwork drawn up,’ a source claimed to the publication.
‘He wanted everything to be peaceful for the sake of his kids and told Christine he didn’t want a messy divorce because he’d already been through one,’ they continued.
But ‘first thing the next morning, boom, Christine sneak attacks him and serves him with her own set of divorce papers.
‘Kevin was so shocked,’ the source added. ‘Christine has since made him look terrible, and has continued to do so.’
However, Baumgartner has previously shared a different, less flattering version of how their children learned of their impending divorce.
The handbag designer added that she was not present during the Zoom call, and she noted that she was puzzled about why the children had to be told in that way, as Costner would be returning home in a matter of days.
‘I am still confused by his motivation to do this via a very short Zoom session, especially since he was planning on being home five days later,’ she wrote.
She added that she feared the children might learn of the split from an outside source, and she shared research with him that she had done that indicated a unified front with both parents was the best way to announce the divorce to the kids.
However, Baumgartner claimed that Costner was adamant about sharing the information before her and on his own.
‘He disregarded my proposal to do what I felt was right based on research and my relationship with the children. Instead, he insisted that he had the right to tell them that we were getting divorced “first” and tell them privately “without me present,”‘ she claimed.
It’s unclear if the alleged Zoom session could be the same event described by the source, or if there may have been two dates at which Costner spoke to the children about his separation from Baumgartner.
Didn’t see that coming: The outing comes after it was reported that Costner, 68, was totally ‘blindsided’ when Christine served him with divorce papers in May, according to The Sun; seen in March 2022
Smooth sailing? Costner reportedly planned to serve the papers first, and he hoped for an amicable divorce according to the couple’s 2004 prenup; Costner pictured in a still for Yellowstone
Out of the blue: A source claimed Baumgartner served Costner the papers a day after he told the children about their split; seen together in 2015 in LA
Costner and his estranged wife share sons Cayden, 15; and Hayes, 14; along with their younger daughter Grace, 13.
He also has four older children from previous relationships. With his ex-wife Cindy Silva, he shares adult children Annie, 39; Lily, 36; and Joe, 35.
He also has a 26-year-old son named Liam from a short-lived relationship with Bridget Rooney.
The latest development in Costner’s newest divorce comes after People reported that Baumgartner was requesting a whopping $248,000 per month in child support payments from the JFK star.
She is also requesting that the actor pay for their private schooling in its entirety, as well as any healthcare and extracurricular costs that may arise.
Baumgartner’s request may be an eye-popping figure to pay monthly, but she claims the amount is less than the children’s lifestyle currently requires.
According to the documents, Costner earned around $19.5 million in 2022, and his family’s expenses were around $6.6 million for the same period, with their net income after expenses and taxes was said to be around $7.6 million.
DailyMail.com exclusively revealed earlier this month that Baumgartner was refusing to leave the couple’s $145 million mansion, despite Costner’s attempts to get her to vacate the premises.
He claimed in a court filing obtained by DailyMail.com that he was essentially ‘homeless’ while his estranged wife refused to leave.
He added that he hoped she would be gone by the time he returned from shooting in just a few days, and he noted that he planned to begin editing his project at home.
The couple’s prenuptial agreement from 2004 requires her to leave the property if they should separate, while giving her access to a $1.2 million fund to find a new house.
However, she would likely choose something near her children in Southern California, and with the currently prices for housing in the area, that amount would likely only allow her to purchase a very small home.
A friend complained that the Dances With Wolves star should be thinking of his family’s welfare more than trying to adhere to document that is nearly two decades old.
Baumgartner previously claimed in court filings that Costner told their three kids about the divorce via a Zoom call — without her present — while he was filming in Las Vegas
Costner has claimed he is essentially ‘homeless,’ as his estranged wife is refusing to leave their primary home, despite their prenup requiring her to leave and to use a $1.2 million fund — a paltry sum for Southern California real estate — to buy a home
‘Kevin should be thinking of the kids instead of himself. She also said Kevin has plenty of other houses he can choose from to make his primary home,’ they claimed.
Costner’s latest troubles come amid difficult negotiations on his hit Western series Yellowstone.
The show’s creator and showrunner Taylor Sheridan has been negotiation with the actor to get him to return to film some final episodes to send of his character, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The series will be reportedly ending after the conclusion of the second part of Yellowstone’s season five, though scripts have reportedly not been written yet, and the ongoing WGA writers strike will prevent work being done on them until it is resolved.