Kevin Costner's divorce is currently becoming extremely complicated, confirming previous reports. The Oscar-winning actor and his estranged wife, Christine Baumgartner, are facing a messy split as they try to navigate the division of assets and child custody arrangements.
The couple tied the knot in 2004 and has three children together. Costner, known for his roles in iconic films such as "Dances with Wolves" and "Field of Dreams," has a net worth of around $250 million. Now, the battle over the distribution of these assets is escalating.
The latest reports suggest that Baumgartner is seeking a substantial amount of financial support from Costner, including child and spousal support. It is believed that she is asking for at least $500,000 per month to cover her living expenses, along with additional funds for their children.
Baumgartner is requesting $310,000 per month for child support, stating that this amount is necessary to provide their kids with a lifestyle they are accustomed to. Additionally, she is asking for $190,000 in spousal support. These demands appear to have surprised Costner, who believes the current child support arrangement of $88,000 per month is more than sufficient.
Furthermore, Baumgartner is also requesting a significant portion of the couple's wealth. She is seeking 50% of Costner's property in Santa Barbara, California, which is estimated to be worth $40 million. In addition, she is asking for 50% ownership of his property in Aspen, valued at around $20 million. Alongside this, Baumgartner is demanding half of all other assets accumulated during their 16-year marriage.
Legal experts predict that the divorce proceedings will likely be drawn out and complicated due to the high stakes involved. As the couple did not sign a prenuptial agreement, the division of their assets will be subject to California’s community property laws, which generally dictate a 50/50 split.
Costner is reportedly surprised and disappointed by the demands being made by his estranged wife. It is unclear how the court will ultimately rule on these requests or how the actor's sizable fortune will be divided.
As the divorce drama of Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner continues, it serves as a reminder that even the wealthiest couples can face acrimonious splits. The proceedings are expected to be long and contentious, with both parties fighting for their share of the assets and custody of their children. Only time will tell how this messy divorce unfolds and who will come out on top.