On the heels of her recent victory in Santa Barbara Family Court, Christine Baumgartner, the 49-year-old model and handbag designer, was seen in public, presenting a calm exterior despite the emotional whirlwind of her ongoing divorce from movie star Kevin Costner.
A day prior, the court ruled that Costner must pay Baumgartner a monthly child support of $129,755, a decision that could mark a turning point in this high-stakes matrimonial dispute. The couple, who tied the knot in 2004 after a four-year courtship, have three children together - Cayden Wyatt, 15, Hayes Logan, 14, and Grace Avery, 13.
The end of their almost two-decade-long union came to light in May when Baumgartner filed for divorce.
Baumgartner's Legal Victory, Defiant Style
The recent ruling on child support, while less than the $248k per month Baumgartner had hoped for, still exceeded the $52k Costner sought to offer, indicating a certain judicial favor towards Baumgartner.
Emerging from the courthouse, she wore a composed smile, dressed in a chic black and white ensemble, accentuated by a double-zipped black sweater and a gold buckle Valentino belt. The image of her holding her Land Rover keys, phone, and wallet is a striking symbol of her strength in navigating this tumultuous period.
But this is not merely about fashion or appearances. In the aftermath of the divorce announcement, tensions between Costner and Baumgartner have only escalated. Rumors suggest that Costner seeks to 'humiliate' Baumgartner throughout the divorce process.
A source close to the situation said, "This isn't about the house, it's about making Christine's life a living hell for actually going through with the divorce." Furthermore, a confidante of Baumgartner disclosed that she has until the end of July to vacate the $145 million mansion she once shared with Costner.
The couple's prenup stipulates that the spouse filing for divorce must leave the premises within a month of the filing. While Baumgartner had missed the initial deadline, a new one was established for the end of July. This isn't merely about the financial or logistical aspects of a divorce, but the emotional trauma as well.
Baumgartner, according to her friend, was committed to making this transition as peaceful as possible for their children's sake. "It was Christine who wanted to make this transition as peaceful as possible," her friend said, "Kevin has done the complete opposite. He's not thinking about the kids, about how traumatizing this is."