The divorce between Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner has become increasingly contentious. Costner claims that Baumgartner refused to leave their Santa Barbara house due to unmet financial demands. In response, Baumgartner's lawyer argues that there is no legal basis for Costner's request to remove her and their children from the home.
John Rydell, Baumgartner's lawyer, filed a document stating that Costner lacks a legal basis for attempting to evict his ex-wife and children from the house they have lived in their entire lives. While acknowledging the weak legal grounds, Rydell emphasized the importance of the matter to Baumgartner.
Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner share three teenage children. Costner asserts that the children would not be significantly affected by their mother's move since they would spend at least half their time with him. He also claims to have proposed a comprehensive temporary child-support plan that includes $30,000 per month in child support and an additional $10,000 for moving expenses.
Rydell's comments were made in response to reports that Baumgartner refused to vacate the house until her financial demands were met. Costner alleges that Baumgartner signed a prenuptial agreement requiring her to move out within a month of their separation. He also reportedly provided her with up to $1 million for a new home and paid $200,000 during their marriage, as stipulated in the prenup.
Rydell's filing criticized Laura Wasser, Costner's attorney, and accused her of refusing to delay the hearing on the issue of the couple's $145 million home on the Santa Barbara coast.
The divorce proceedings coincide with rumored issues surrounding the production of Yellowstone, a television show in which Costner stars. There are speculations that these two matters may be connected, as Baumgartner allegedly gave Costner an ultimatum to quit the show or face consequences.
The divorce between Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner continues to unfold, accompanied by complications surrounding the second half of Yellowstone's fifth season and its future. Updates on this divorce and the couple's property disputes will be provided as more information becomes available.