The legal battle between Kevin Costner and his wife, Christine Baumgartner, from whom he is separated, is becoming increasingly complicated.
In a court filing filed Friday in Santa Barbara County Superior Court, Baumgartner asked the yellow stone actor to pay US$248,000 (about C$326,300) a month in child support for their three shared children. She also reportedly requested US$350,000 (C$460,600) in legal fees and US$150,000 (C$197,400) in forensic accounting costs.
According to NBC News, which obtained the legal documentation, Baumgartner, 41, also wants Costner, 68, to pay for private school tuition, extracurricular activities and health care expenses.
Baumgartner claimed in the court filing that she has no income as a result of being a stay-at-home mom.
He wrote that because of Costner’s “extremely high long-term income,” the family’s lifestyle is “extraordinary.”
“I appreciate how blessed we are to live this way,” Baumgartner continued. “It is important to not only provide a warm and comfortable home for our children, but also to teach them family values and gratitude.”
A separate legal memo from Baumgartner’s lawyers states that Costner’s average monthly cash flow is more than US$1.53 million (more than C$2 million).
Costner and Baumgartner have three children together, Cayden, 15, Hayes, 14, and Grace, 12.
The couple were married for 18 years. Baumgartner filed for divorce on May 1, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
Earlier this month, Costner complained in court that Baumgartner hasn’t moved out of their Southern California home, despite a clause in their prenup that requires her to vacate. Costner claimed that the agreement, which was signed when the couple married in 2004, gives Baumgartner 30 days to leave the property after filing for divorce.
Costner also said he has already given Baumgartner $1.2 million (nearly C$1.6 million) as part of the prenup, as well as $200,000 (C$263,200) for a down payment on a new residence. TMZ reported separately that Costner offered US$10,000 (C$13,160) for moving costs and an additional US$30,000 (C$39,480) for monthly rental costs.
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Baumgartner claimed in his latest court filing that he has not touched these funds. She wrote that Costner’s “goal” is to get her to use the money so she can argue that Baumgartner has no right to challenge the prenuptial agreement.
When Baumgartner filed for divorce in May, a representative for Costner issued a statement to entertainment tonight.
“It is with great sadness that circumstances beyond his control have occurred that have resulted in Mr. Costner being required to participate in an action for dissolution of marriage,” the statement read. “We ask that his, Christine’s and her children’s privacy be respected as they go through this difficult time.”
Baumgartner has not commented publicly on the divorce proceedings.
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