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BUZZ: Kevin Costner’s estranged wife ordered to pay his legal fees after child support payments reduced

BUZZ: Kevin Costner’s estranged wife ordered to pay his legal fees after child support payments reduced

did not comprehend the word “understand.”

According to TMZ, the ordeal ended up costing Costner $14,237.50, which Baumgartner is now expected to fork over in full.

Though all signs initially pointed to the former handbag designer gearing up to challenge the prenup, it’s unclear if she will.

Christine Baumgartner
Kevin Costner’s estranged wife, Christine Baumgartner, has just been ordered to cover some of his legal fees.
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Kevin Costner
Baumgartner is expected to pay Costner more than $14K for telling his attorneys she didn’t know what they meant when they asked if she understood their prenup.
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If she does and loses, the outlet claims she’ll have to cover Costner’s legal fees incurred in defending the contract.

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Last week, the “Yellowstone” star scored a major win, as the Los Angeles judge overseeing the case granted his proposed amount of child support, thereby slashing Baumgartner’s payments by more than half.

Costner is now giving Baumgartner $63,209 per month for their three kids — Cayden, 16, Hayes, 14, and Grace, 13 — instead of $129,755, which he was paying before.

Kevin Costner, Christine Baumgartner and their three kids
Costner’s child support payments to Baumgartner have recently been reduced by more than half.
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“This is a horrible place to be, but this is where we’re at,” the actor, 68, told reporters outside the courtroom following the ruling.

“It feels so bad. We’re talking about somebody I love on the other side. I just can’t.”

Asked whether he still has love for his estranged wife, Costner replied, “Of course.”

Christine Baumgartner and Kevin Costner
The former handbag designer filed for divorce from the “Yellowstone” star in May after almost 19 years of marriage.
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As for Baumgartner, 49, she vowed to find a way to support herself in the future, telling the judge, “I will look into the steps I need to take and any schooling I need to do, and I will enter the workforce.”

The former model has since moved into a $40,000-a-month rental home in Montecito, Calif., after being ordered to vacate the family compound.

Baumgartner filed for divorce from the Oscar winner in May after almost 19 years of marriage.


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