Baumgartner, 49, had previously demanded $248,000 a month in child support – which Costner claimed in legal documents was partly to fund her own plastic surgery expenses – and the star has offered up a new sum in the exes’ court battle over their finances.
However Baumgartner has called the proposal ‘completely inappropriate’ in new legal documents and claimed Costner ‘spends $240,000 a month on himself and the kids when they’re with him’.
The former couple share three children together, Cayden 16, Hayes, 14, and Grace 13. Costner also has four adult children from previous relationships.
Baumgartner says $52,000 is ‘well below’ the $65,000 per month she claims Costner was getting for renting out a guest house at his $100 million beachfront compound.
Split: Kevin Costner’s estranged wife Christine Baumgartner has branded the actor’s proposed $51,940 a month in child support ‘inappropriate’ in their latest divorce wrangle (pictured 2022)
Family: The former couple share three children together, Cayden 16, Hayes, 14, and Grace 13 (pictured 2015)
She claims $52,000 is not enough to keep the children in a lifestyle they are accustomed to, TMZ reports,
She states the children are ‘used to living at the beach and in a gated neighborhood’ with a team of people maintaining the home, such as assistants to do grocery shopping and cleaning – and that she needs the money for expenses such as utilities and TV bills.
This comes after Costner’s forensic accountant claimed in new court documents that the expenses listed among the $248,000 include more than $100,000 in cosmetic surgery for Baumgartner as well as thousands of dollars in boutique shopping, huge ATM withdrawals and other expenses ‘not to do with child support.’
Among Christine’s listed expenses are credit card bills and her own attorney fees and construction loans.
Costner’s accountant says these are ‘one-time expenses that have nothing to do with child support.’
The documents claim Costner has been paying all of the children’s expenses and will continue to do so, saying the amount he is currently paying is the reasonable amount – $51,940 a month.
Documents from earlier this month show that Costner pulled in just over $19.5 million in 2022 with the family’s expenses listed as being $6.6 million for the same year. The family’s net worth is put at $7.5 million, according to the People report.
Meanwhile Costner claims he was ‘required’ to reduce Baumgartner‘s credit card limit. In documents obtained by Us Weekly he stated he ‘agreed to maintain the status quo with respect to our children.’
‘Christine says I have not maintained the status quo because I cancelled one of her credit cards and because I put (a large) limit on the use of the credit card she uses,’ the actor wrote in his declaration.
However he noted that he has ‘continued to pay all of the children’s expenses’ since Baumgartner filed for divorce. After Baumgartner withdrew $45,000 ‘without notice’ Costner felt that he had to put a limit on the cards.
‘It was then that I made the decision that there needed to be some reasonable limitation on the use of the credit cards,’ he stated.
His attorney claimed he was ‘left with no choice but to cancel’ the card, which initially had a limit of $15,000 per month, that he believed would be enough ‘to cover any emergencies for the children.’
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This comes after claims Costner is ‘relieved’ after Baumgartner was ordered to vacate the $145 million mansion they had previously shared during a first court hearing in the couple’s divorce on Wednesday.
Battle: In documents obtained by TMZ , Baumgartner says $52,000 is ‘well below’ the $65,000 per month she claims Costner was getting for renting out a guest house at his $100 million beachfront compound (pictured April 2022)
Hit the road! The handbag designer has until the end of the month to vacate the California home that she and the 68-year-old actor and director lived in – with a source telling People Costner is satisfied with the ruling; seen leaving the Santa Barbara courthouse on Wednesday
The handbag designer has until the end of the month to vacate the California home that she and the actor and director lived in – with a source telling People Costner is satisfied with the ruling.
‘He was relieved,’ the insider noted.
Baumgartner was also pictured looking somber in Santa Barbara, California, on Wednesday as she made her way to and from the first court hearing in the couple’s already-rancorous divorce.
The latest development comes after Baumgartner had agreed to leave the family home, but only on her own terms.
She had previously said in court filings that she would leave the estate on August 31, following the results of a court date originally scheduled for July 12.
In the documents, Baumgartner agreed to vacate the premises at the end of August as long as Costner complied ‘with whatever support and fee orders that the court makes on July 12.’
It’s unclear if that hearing is still on the calendar.
TMZ, which reported the development, noted that the ruling may indicate that the judge plans to agree with Costner’s legal team that the couple’s prenuptial agreement is valid and enforceable.
The agreement states that Baumgartner has a month to vacate the premises if either partner files for divorce.
Although she appears to have passed the original deadline, the judge set a new deadline of July 31 for her to be moved out.
Baumgartner’s attorneys reportedly argued in court that that date wasn’t feasible or fair, as she has had neither enough time nor funds to look for a new home.
They asked the judge to extend the date to August 15, though it’s unclear if the latest ruling took that request into consideration.
Costner is being represented by the famous divorce attorney Laura Wasser, who reportedly served as an inspiration for Laura Dern’s lawyer character in Noah Baumbach’s critically acclaimed film Marriage Story, which earned Dern an Academy Award for best supporting actress.
Wasser has defended the validity of the prenuptial agreement in court, and it appears that the judge is inclined to agree with her, although it is not a done deal yet.
A hearing to address the document’s validity won’t happen until November, and Baumgartner is expected to continue challenging it.
The judge may have opted to follow the document’s provisions before considering it more fully at the later date, but the preliminary move to get Costner’s ex out of the house indicates that the judge may agree that the rest of the document is also valid.
TMZ reports that Baumgartner will also be forced to return $1.5 million paid to her by Costner if the judge determines that the prenup is valid, and she will also reportedly be forced to pay his attorneys’ fees for defending the document.
On Wednesday, Baumgartner was seen arriving at court in a business-ready off-white patterned blouse, along with sleek black slacks and black open-toe heels with straps running up to her ankles.
She wore her honey blond hair parted down the middle and cascading down her shoulders while blocking out the sun with large tortoiseshell cat-eye sunglasses.
Baumgartner carried her cell phone in her hands, along with a small pad of paper for note taking.
Although she displayed a soft smile as she met up with a woman outside the courthouse who appeared to be her attorney, she was notably more stone-faced when she was seen leaving after the ruling ordering her to move out of her home.
Waiting for a ruling: Baumgartner previously said she wasn’t moving out until a July 12 hearing for the judge to determine what kind of support Costner would be paying her; seen with sons Cayden, 15; Hayes, 14; and daughter Grace, 13, in 2019
Major difference: She is seeking $248,000 per month in child support payments. However, Costner has said in other filings that he believes he should only pay around $38,000 per month; still from Yellowstone
Baumgartner previously wrote in court filings that she was hesitant to leave her home without having a plan and funding in place, if only for the sake of her children, whom she doesn’t want to have to move multiple times.
She claimed that ‘Kevin wants me to rent [a] place without [a] financial plan in place. However, [I] have our three children to think about. It is contrary to their best interests to commit to rental that [I] may not be able to afford, particularly as that would ultimately lead to multiple relocations.
‘My goal has been and continues to be maintaining as much stability for our children as possible, which includes having the proper resources and plan in place so that [I] can establish [a] stable home for them, rather than making temporary and inconsistent housing arrangements,’ she continued.
Costner was not only the primary breadwinner, but the only person making money recently, and Baumgartner says in her filing that she has no income.
The Yellowstone star was on the hook to help his estranged wife relocate per their prenuptial agreement, but it was a relatively paltry sum for their lifestyle.
Costner would have paid her a reported $1 million to find a new home, but with California’s elevated home prices — particularly if she tried to stay near Costner — she may have had difficulty finding something similar to the luxury she and her children are accustomed to.
According to RadarOnline, Costner has deposited $1 million in Baumgartner’s bank account to get her to move out of his mansion, and he said he had previously given her $200,000 earlier in their marriage in line with their prenuptial agreement.
However, Baumgartner hasn’t touched the money, as she says doing so would rob her of her ability to contest their prenup’s validity.
She has also said that the couple have had no problems on days where Costner was staying at the home, and she says the mansion’s size and disconnected living spaces mean they can live together without interacting.
Pushing her out: According to RadarOnline, Costner has deposited $1 million in Baumgartner’s bank account to get her to move out of his mansion, and he said he had previously given her $200,000 earlier in their marriage in line with their prenuptial agreement; seen together in 2006
No sudden moves: However, Baumgartner hasn’t touched the money, as she says doing so would rob her of her ability to contest their prenup’s validity; Costner pictured on Yellowstone
Costner’s legal team previously said in court filings that ‘Kevin has acted in good faith and has done everything in his power to make the transition as seamless as possible,’ according to Insider.
It was previously reported that Baumgartner is seeking $248,000 per month in child support payments. She and Costner share three children: sons Cayden, 15; and Hayes, 14; along with their younger daughter Grace, 13.
However, Costner has said in other filings that he believes he should only pay around $38,000 per month.
Last month, The Sun reported that Costner was ‘blindsided’ when he was served divorce papers by his wife, as he thought that he would be the first to file.
The Waterworld 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.’
Sneak attack: Last month, The Sun reported that Costner was ‘blindsided’ when he was served divorce papers by his wife, as he thought that he would be the first to file; seen in 2006
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.