In the ongoing divorce battle between Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner, Baumgartner has submitted a request for Costner to cover a staggering $885,000 in legal fees.
This significant sum is requested for legal representation on a single issue in the divorce proceedings — the enforceability of her waiver of spousal support.
Laura Wasser, Costner’s Hollywood lawyer, has strongly criticized this request as ‘outrageous.’
Questioning the Legal Fees
Wasser has argued that, based on hourly rates, Baumgartner’s legal team would need to accumulate a total of 1,106 billable hours to justify the requested amount.
This substantial figure raises eyebrows, particularly as it pertains to a single issue within the divorce.
Furthermore, Wasser points out that a judge has already ruled in favor of the prenuptial agreement’s enforceability, making this request appear even more extravagant.
Prenup Enforcement and Family Home Dispute
The heart of the matter revolves around the enforceability of Baumgartner’s waiver of spousal support.
A judge previously upheld one provision of the prenuptial agreement, which required Baumgartner to vacate the family home within a specific timeframe following divorce.
The judge’s decision to enforce this provision could suggest that the entire prenup is valid, further complicating Baumgartner’s position.
Financial Strain and Legal Battles
Wasser has emphasized that Costner has already incurred substantial legal fees, having paid $300,000 for his legal representation.
Additionally, Baumgartner allegedly withdrew over $105,000 from Costner’s accounts to fund her legal team.
These financial implications raise questions about the costliness of the divorce battle.
Child Support Dispute and Financial Implications
Baumgartner’s legal battles have reportedly led to significant financial losses for her.
Originally requesting $248,000 per month in child support for their three children, the final court ruling settled on $63,000 per month. Costner also offered $75,000 per month, which was rejected.
This legal dispute, combined with the ongoing divorce proceedings, highlights the complex financial implications of the separation.
Costner’s Personal Life Amid Legal Battles
While navigating the legal complexities of his divorce, Kevin Costner was spotted attending a Taylor Swift concert at SoFi Stadium with his 13-year-old daughter, Grace.
The actor appeared to enjoy the event with a smile, showing a moment of respite amidst the ongoing legal proceedings.
The divorce between Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner is not only legally intricate but also financially costly.
The request for $885,000 in legal fees adds another layer of complexity to their legal battle, with both sides seeking favorable outcomes in terms of financial settlements and child support.
The public nature of their disputes underscores the challenges that high-profile individuals face when navigating divorce proceedings.