Costner and Baumgartner in 2019
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Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner were married for 19 years, but they separated in May. This was followed by a War of the Roses – which now came to an unexpectedly quick end.
"Kevin and Christine Costner have amicably and mutually agreed to resolve all aspects of their divorce," the Los Angeles Times quoted a spokesperson for the two as saying.
Above all, alimony issues and custody of their three children Cayden, 16, Hayes, 14, and Grace, 13, had to be clarified.
Baumgartner's lawyers had initially taken action against agreements formulated in the marriage contract, Baumgartner demanded ever higher sums. But of the targeted 248,000 US dollars in child support – per month – she was ultimately awarded only 63,000 US dollars. After a two-day evidentiary hearing in Santa Barbara, California, Judge Thomas Anderle ruled in Costner's favor.
Overall, however, according to media reports, Costner will probably pay more than originally agreed. However, corresponding additional agreements were not made public.
"Kevin had all the power"
Costner was represented in the divorce proceedings by star lawyer Laura Wasser. The judge said that if Baumgartner were to go against the agreement, she would not only have to pay Costner back more than a million dollars, but also pay his legal fees.
Over the weekend, Baumgartner is said to have agreed to the new three-page supplementary agreement.
The British "Daily Mail" quotes an acquaintance of Baumgartner's who states that she "had no chance" in the matter and had to agree to the agreement because "Kevin had all the power." If she had kept fighting, she would have risked losing everything."