Kevin Costner Faces Tentative Ruling of Paying Over $129K Monthly in Child Support to Estranged Wife Christine Baumgartner
In an ongoing divorce case, a judge has tentatively ruled that actor Kevin Costner will have to provide his estranged wife, Christine Baumgartner, with more than $129,755 per month in child support, according to recently obtained legal documents. While this ruling is subject to another upcoming hearing, it is rare for the decision to be altered.
The awarded amount is slightly over half of what Baumgartner had initially sought, as she had requested $248,000 per month, which included a significant sum for cosmetic procedures, according to Kevin’s accountant.
Initially, Costner had offered Baumgartner $51,940 along with covering all the children’s expenses. However, she dismissed the offer as “completely inappropriate.”
The court documents state that both Kevin and Christine will be responsible for 50% of their children’s healthcare expenses, as well as their extracurricular activities and private school tuition.
Additionally, Costner has been ordered to provide Baumgartner with an advance of $200,000 for attorney’s fees and an additional $100,000 for forensic costs.
It is important to note that this child support order is temporary, and a full hearing is scheduled in the coming months. During this hearing, both parties will present evidence to determine the appropriate amount of child support, which could potentially result in an increase or decrease in the monthly payments.