Kevin Costner, Christine Baumgartner battle over monthly finances after 'Yellowstone' star's court victory

Kevin Costner’s estranged wife, Christine Baumgartner, filed new documents Wednesday for a court to enter a guideline child support order pending litigation. 

The filing was made hours after a judge ruled in favor of Costner and ordered Baumgartner to vacate their Santa Barbara-area estate by the end of the month. Judge Thomas Anderle set her move out date for July 31.

Baumgartner is requesting $248,000 per month in child support, or “in the alternative, at the guideline rate of $217,300 per month, payable on the first day of each month.” Baumgartner also requested Costner fully cover the children’s private school tuition, 100% of their health care expenses, and their extracurricular activities and sports. 

Meanwhile, Costner has proposed to pay roughly $52,000 per month. 

The new request was submitted following a forensic accountant’s report showing Costner’s actual gross cash flow for the 2022 calendar year as $24,518,887, or $2,043,241 per month.

Christine argued that the “Yellowstone” actor was being disingenuous with his claim of “doing the most [he] can reasonably do to make a divorce as seamless as possible for our children” as his actions showed “precisely the opposite” when he “sought to evict his wife and children from their home, and he now offers to pay child support of $51,940 per month.” Costner has denied the allegation that he is “kicking” their children out, noting the kids will be in the home “during the time they are in my custody.”


Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner walk red carpet at Santa Barbara film festival

Kevin Costner earned a legal victory in divorce case against estranged wife Christine Baumgartner, but she’s fighting back for appropriate child support. (Rebecca Sapp)

Baumgartner said his $51,940 proposal was “inappropriate” for a number of reasons, and stated the amount is only “24% of guideline,” and equivalent to 2.4% of his 2022 cash flow available for support.

“His proposed support is less than the monthly rent he received for one of his guest houses, and less than the $68,000 per month he committed to paying in his declaration filed on June 8, 2023 in connection with his request for a preliminary injunction,” she argued.

“Kevin’s I&E (income and expenses) states that his own monthly expenses, which includes the children when they are with him, are $240,000 per month. This is nearly five (5) times the amount he thinks that Christine should have to provide for the children when they are with her.”


In documents obtained by Fox News Digital, Baumgartner first filed for divorce from the “Field of Dreams” actor on May 1, citing “irreconcilable differences.” The date of separation was listed as April 11, 2023. 

The “Dances With Wolves” star and Baumgartner both filed for joint custody of their three children: Cayden, 16, Hayes, 14 and Grace, 13. A hearing is set for July 12 in the child custody case.

Kevin Costner wears black suit at wedding to Christine Baumgartner

Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner were married for 18 years. (WireImage House)

Kevin Costner attends red carpet with wife Christine.

Kevin Costner’s estranged wife, Christine, cited April 11 as their date of separation. (Getty Images)

“Due to the vast difference in resources available to the parties, Christine is also requesting that Kevin advance an additional $350,000 in attorney’s fees and $150,000 in forensic costs,” with payments made to a trust account before Aug. 1.

“Kevin asserts that he should not have to pay fees and costs for Christine to challenge the validity of the PMA [premarital agreement],” her lawyers argued. “He also regularly claims that the PMA is valid and that there is no evidence to the contrary. This is the legal equivalent of whistling past the graveyard.”


The documents state the “fees and costs will be substantial because Kevin’s finances are complex, and also because Kevin is doing all that he can to minimize his obligation to his children,” the docs allege.

Meanwhile, Costner claimed Baumgartner charged “over $100,000 in attorney and accounting fees” on his credit card since April without authorization or his consent. 

Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner walk red carpet at Hollywood event

Christine Baumgartner is requesting more than $200,000 per month in support from Kevin Costner. (Frazer Harrison)

Kevin Costner and his wife Christine Baumgartner at Oscars party

Kevin Costner cut off estranged wife Christine from accessing joint credit cards. (Getty Images)

As a result, on June 16, he canceled her companion card and placed a cap of $15,000 per month to be used in case of emergencies for their children, according to documents.

Baumgartner was ordered Tuesday to move out of their marital residence by July 31. Costner purchased the property before their marriage, and a pre-marital agreement allegedly stipulated that she would not only move out of the home within 30 days, but also no longer live in any of his properties if they divorced. 

In his initial declaration, Costner claimed to have deposited $1 million into her account as part of their pre-marital agreement. The agreement also stipulated she receive a total of $200,000 upon marriage and after their first anniversary. Costner said that sum has now grown to “$1,450,000, which she can use at her discretion, including to find alternative housing.”

Christine responded to the courts Wednesday that she has “not accepted the funds that Kevin attempted to transfer and requested they be returned pending that determination. Accordingly, the funds deposited in that account continue to belong to Kevin, and there is no reasonable explanation for Kevin’s insistence that Christine use those funds for fees.”


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