Kevin Costner ordered to pay estranged wife $129,755 a month for child support

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Actor Kevin Costner poses with his new wife Christine Baumgartner during their private wedding at his ranch in September 25, 2004 in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo by Lara Porzak/Rogers and Cowan via Getty Images)

Kevin Costner has reportedly been ordered to pay his ex-wife Christine Baumgartner $129,755 in monthly child support, double what he initially offered to give her.

The order for Christine, 49, to move out of Kevin's mansion by July 31 added another layer to the drama. This term was based on their prenuptial agreement, stipulating that either party must vacate the shared property within 30 days of a divorce filing.

Christine, having missed this deadline after filing first, now faces a new deadline. Although a July 12 court hearing could have provided some clarity, its current status remains unclear.

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Actor Kevin Costner and wife Christine Baumgartner arrive at the AARP The Magazine's 14th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 2, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

Healthcare costs for their three children, Cayden, 16; Hayes, 14; and Grace, 13, will be shared equally between the estranged couple as per the new arrangement.

Similarly, their children's high-end private school fees and other extracurricular expenses will be split. This situation comes as a disappointment to Christine, who had earlier requested Kevin to shoulder these costs entirely.

The current figure for child support isn't conclusive, leaving both Kevin and Christine with the opportunity to challenge it in a future hearing. However, TMZ notes that such figures rarely deviate significantly from the initial determination.

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Kevin Costner(R) and his wife Christine Baumgartner attend the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Further compounding Kevin's financial woes, the judge ordered an additional $200,000 payment toward Christine's attorney fees and another $100,000 for forensic costs. Payments are due on the first of every month, with Kevin set to be credited for payments made since the start of July.

Presiding over Kevin's case is renowned divorce attorney Laura Wasser. She's well known for inspiring Laura Dern‘s character in Noah Baumbach‘s critically acclaimed film Marriage Story, which won Laura an Academy Award for best supporting actress.

Wasser has ardently defended the couple's prenuptial agreement in court. While its final validation won't be decided until a hearing in November, Christine is expected to continue challenging its legitimacy.

If the prenup is upheld, Christine could be compelled to return $1.5 million previously paid by Kevin and pay his attorneys' fees.


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