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Kevin Costner seen in public for first time since winning child support battle with his estranged wife

 September 3, 2023

Kevin Costner was seen in public after winning a child support battle with his estranged wife, Christine Baumgartner.

The Oscar-winning actor, 68, looked relaxed as he enjoyed breakfast with his 14-year-old son, Hayes, in Santa Barbara, California, on Saturday, the Daily Mail reported.

This public appearance came just a day after a judge in Santa Barbara slashed Baumgartner's child support payments, following a two-day evidentiary hearing.

Judge reduces child support payments

Costner and Baumgartner, who were married for 18 years, have been embroiled in a legal battle over child support.

Baumgartner filed for divorce in May, and since she has been a stay-at-home mom since 2004 with no income of her own, and she fought for a large amount of child support to maintain the lifestyle to which her children have grown accustomed.

However, the judge reduced her child support payments from $129,000 to $63,000 per month, considerably less than the $161,000 she wanted.

After the verdict, Costner said there were "no winners" in the bruising battle.

The Yellowstone star expressed his disappointment over the proceedings despite the favorable judgment.

He also praised his ex-wife, calling her "an incredible mom" and expressing hope that they would figure things out and share the responsibilities regarding their children.

Costner's contentious exit from Yellowstone

During the hearing, Costner's exit from the popular western series, Yellowstone, was also discussed.

The actor, who also co-wrote and directed the two-part story Horizon, testified that the shooting schedule for Yellowstone season five conflicted with his desire to work on Horizon.

As a result, he turned down $24 million to appear in seasons six and seven of Yellowstone and indicated that he might "go to court" over the situation.

Costner revealed that the decision to split the shooting schedule of Yellowstone season five into two parts, 5A and 5B, was waht affected his plans for "Horizon."

He was initially planning to leave Yellowstone to work on Horizon, and then return for part B.

However, the change in schedule meant that he would have to work on Yellowstone twice a year instead of once, which led to his decision to leave the show.

Christine's struggle for child support

Baumgartner has been living in a rented home costing $40,000 per month since she moved out of the couple's $145 million Montecito home, as required by a prenuptial agreement signed in September 2004.

The agreement stipulated that Baumgartner would have to move out in the event of a divorce.

She initially lived in one of the guest houses on the property when the couple first separated.

Baumgartner argued that she needed a large amount of child support to maintain the lifestyle to which her children had grown accustomed when they were with her.

The former model has been a stay-at-home mom since 2004 and does not have an income of her own.

However, the judge ultimately decided to substantially reduce her child support payments to an amount far less than she had requested.

Conclusion

  • Kevin Costner was seen in public for the first time since winning a child support battle with his estranged wife, Christine Baumgartner.
  • A judge in Santa Barbara reduced Baumgartner's child support payments from $129,000 to $63,000 per month, less than half of what she was receiving and considerably less than the $161,000 she had requested.
  • Costner's exit from Yellowstone was discussed during the hearing. He revealed that the decision to split the shooting schedule of the show's season five into two parts affected his plans to work on another project leading to his decision to leave the show.
  • Baumgartner has been renting a home for $40,000 per month since moving out of the couple's Montecito home, as required by a prenuptial agreement. She argued that she needed a large amount of child support to maintain the children's lifestyle, but the judge decided otherwise.