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Kevin Costner and ex-wife Christine Baumgartner reach unexpected end to divorce proceedings: Report

Here's what's been reported on the Yellowstone star and his now ex-wife's divorce...


Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner© Rich Fury/VF22
Ahad Sanwari
Ahad Sanwari - New York
Senior WriterNew York
September 19, 2023
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It's finally over! After months of back and forth and circling California courts, Kevin Costner and now ex-wife Christine Baumgartner have finalized the terms of their divorce.

Per a new report from TMZ, the 68-year-old actor and his 49-year-old ex have agreed on a settlement.

A Santa Barbara court judge declared that the terms of their 2004 prenuptial agreement would be enforced. Several of their legal disagreements have stemmed from their prenup, which initially stated that Christine would receive a $1.5 million payout from Kevin should they divorce. 

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However, it stated that were she to challenge any of the stipulations (as she has), she could potentially lose all right to the payout and have to pay upward of $1 million plus legal fees.

It reads: "If Christine, in any manner, challenges or assists in the challenge of the validity or enforceability of any provision of this Agreement, she shall lose any and all rights to receive any payment, Property or Interest from Kevin pursuant to this Agreement."

As per the report, the model and handbag designer has agreed to the terms of an undisclosed settlement and submitted a three-page letter affirming the same.

Christine Baumgartner and Kevin Costner attend the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)© Getty Images
Kevin and Christine have finally arrived at a settlement

Earlier in the month, the former couple also arrived at a conclusion to their battle over child support. Kevin and Chrsitine, who tied the knot in 2004, are parents to three teenagers: Cayden, 16; Hayes, 14; and Grace, 13.

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At the conclusion of the two days of hearings, the court ordered Kevin to pay a monthly child support of $63,209 to Christine. This amount starkly contrasts with the $161,592 that Christine had originally requested, which was originally an even higher $248,000.

Christine Baumgartner and Kevin Costner attend the "Hidden Figures" New York special screening on December 10, 2016 © Getty Images
Their contentious battle first began in May, when Christine filed for divorce

It was reported earlier that their contentious divorce battle, which began on May 1st when Christine first filed, was intended to go much farther as they prepared to go to trial in November.

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In court documents previously obtained by People, Kevin's legal team stated: "Four months into this matter, and three months away from the commencement of the trial on the validity of the PMA, Christine refuses to make known all of her contentions regarding the validity of the PMA." However, it seems like that may not come to fruition anymore.

Kevin Costner and his wife Christine arrive on the red carpet for the premiere of Touchstone Picture's "Swing Vote,"  on July 24, 2008 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California© Getty Images
Their settlement agreement also means that their 2004 prenup can still be enforced

Different court documents obtained by Entertainment Tonight previously saw Christine claim she owed $314,113 for "past fees and costs," allegedly pertaining to the divorce proceedings, and Kevin's own fees over the last four months of the legal battle have tallied up to a whopping $644,000. 

LA exes: 5 Hollywood couples who divorced

Brad Pitt wearing a black tuxedo and Angelina Jolie wearing a sparkly dress© Jason LaVeris

1. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Known by the legendary portmanteau 'Brangelina', the uber A-listers wed in a French chateau in 2014 some nine years after first becoming entwined on the set of 2005 blockbuster Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Things went south soon after with allegations of abuse surfacing in 2016, the same year Angelina filed for divorce. After seven years of legal wrangling light appeared at the tunnel's end, with the MailOnline reporting in July 2023 that the pair had agreed to a mediation which could resolve their dispute.

2. Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson

Ryan and Scarlett married in 2008 in a secretive ceremony on Vancouver Island. Both actors' stars were firmly in the ascendancy but professional success wasn't conducive to conjugal happiness, and their union was annulled just over two years later with Scarlett subsequently revealing the couple hardly saw each other. 

3. Russell Brand and Katy Perry

The polysyllabic and polyamorous British actor/comedian/presenter met popstar Katy in 2009 during rehearsals for the MTV Video Music Awards. The following year the pair married in a traditional Hindu ceremony in India and all seemed set fair. But with Katy away on her California Dreams tour for most 2011, the couple supposedly determined they had different priorities and Russell filed for divorce - via text message - at the end of that year.

4. Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore

The couple divorced in 2013 after it emerged Ashton had been unfaithful on the weekend of their sixth anniversary. In 2015 Ashton remarried, this time to his That '70s Show costar Mila Kunis who was five years his junior - a notable change in dynamic from his relationship with Demi who was 15 years his senior.

5. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

The archetypal whirlwind romance, Tom and Katie got engaged after just seven weeks of dating in 2005. The pair didn't muck about and the following year they both welcomed daughter Suri and got married in a Scientologist ceremony in Italy. The marriage lasted for five and half years before Katie filed for divorce.

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It was reported that she requested $855,000 from the Yellowstone actor in order to cover the ongoing cost of the divorce, although it seems like that deal may be off the table per the settlement.

Grace Avery Costner, Kevin Costner, Hayes Logan Costner, Christine Baumgartner, and Cayden Wyatt Costner in 2019 © Getty Images
The former couple also share three children

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