Kevin Costner Ordered to Pay Monthly Child Support of $63,209

The glitz and glamour of Hollywood often come with its fair share of off-screen drama.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Kevin Costner Ordered to Pay Monthly Child Support of $63,209
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The glitz and glamour of Hollywood often come with its fair share of off-screen drama. Case in point: Kevin Costner's recent legal skirmish with his wife Christine Baumgartner over child support. On Friday, a Los Angeles judge delivered a ruling that has commanded considerable media attention, especially from gossip-mongering outlets like TMZ.

The verdict? Costner, the famed "Yellowstone" actor, has been ordered to fork over $63,209 monthly to Baumgartner for their three children: Cayden, Hayes, and Grace. This comes after what sources describe as a lengthy and tumultuous legal contest.

Though the settlement may sound hefty to many, it actually lands in Costner’s favor. Just a few months prior, in July, he was tentatively commanded to pay nearly double that amount—$129,755—to his wife. However, it’s worth noting that this recent judgment doesn't quite align with Baumgartner's most recent ask: a whopping $175,057 per month.

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Delving into the specifics of Baumgartner's claims, her reasoning stems from a desire for their children to maintain a consistent lifestyle with both parents. Earlier this week, after enlisting the expertise of a forensic accountant, she adjusted her request to $161,592.

While this may be a slight drop from her initial figure, it still underscores her insistence on a luxurious life for their teens—a life she believes is "in their DNA at this point." Indeed, Baumgartner doesn't just frame her concerns in material terms.

While she did highlight the myriad of sports her children engage in and the family's property ownerships, she was keen to stress that her motivations transcended mere materialistic desires. Speaking before the court, she portrayed their family home as more than just a dwelling, likening it to a "community." And her vision for their "standard of living"? It extends to owning a residence "comparable" to Costner’s staggering $145 million abode and indulging in "luxury vacations" aboard private jets.

Costner's testimony offered a glimpse into his financial perspective, with the actor emphasizing his intention to bequeath his assets to his offspring. He staunchly denied any concealment of finances from his spouse.

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