Approximately two months ago, Kevin Costner’s soon-to-be-ex-wife, Christine Baumgartner, filed for divorce. It appears the fight between the two is just getting started. Costner has received numerous accolades throughout his acting and producing career and is most recently known for his role as John Dutton on Yellowstone. Baumgartner is a handbag designer. The couple have three children together aged 12, 14, and 15.
The couple’s $145 million California estate is a hot topic in the couple’s divorce. They have lived at the estate for nearly two decades. Baumgartner reportedly would not leave the estate, so Costner filed to have her removed. Baumgartner claimed she had agreed to leave the residence by August 31. Ultimately, Judge Thomas Anderle ordered Baumgartner to move out of the estate by July 31, a mere two weeks after Costner’s request.
Both Costner and Baumgartner are seeking joint custody of their three children. During a hearing on July 5, Baumgartner’s lawyers accused Costner of making a lowball offer for monthly child support. Costner reportedly offered Baumgartner $68,000 per month for child support. On July 12, the judge denied Baumgartner’s request to settle child support ahead of the scheduled hearing in November. However, the judge extended his prior ruling requiring Costner to pay $129,755 per month in child support until the November hearing.
Upon Baumgartner’s moving out of the California estate at the end of July, a new round of legal documents was filed by Costner’s team. Costner accused Baumgartner of stripping the marital estate of items he isn’t convinced belong to her. Although Baumgartner claimed his allegations are unfounded, the judge ruled that she is limited in what she can remove from the home. For the time being, Baumgartner is allowed to remove her personal items such as clothing, jewelry, handbags, and toiletries. Although she was ordered to leave the main house, Baumgartner remains on the estate in a smaller house on the property that was used as a staff quarter. She is using this as a temporary solution for housing until she is able to find something more permanent.
Sources say that Costner was surprised that Baumgartner filed for divorce, although not completely shocked by her actions. When filming, Costner is gone from the family for long periods of time. This likely played a role in Baumgartner’s decision to end the parties’ marriage. Baumgartner is Costner’s second wife. Before Baumgartner, Costner was married to Cindy Silva. The couple split in 1994 and Silva received $80 million from Costner in the divorce.