Christine Baumgartner has got herself some luxurious digs, despite her belief that they are inadequate.
A source claimed Monday that Kevin Costner’s estranged wife moved into a $40,000-a-month rental home in Montecito, California on Friday after losing her bid for increased child support.
The four-bedroom home is situated on an acre of land and includes a pool, jacuzzi, and groomed gardens, as well as access to woodland hiking paths.
During her statement in court, Baumgartner, however, argued that the rental is not equivalent to Costner’s beachfront mansion, to which she and their children have become accustomed.
While her property did include a pool house and guest accommodations, the former model, 49, grumbled that visitors “would have to come in [to the main house] to use the shower.”
She also mentioned that her sons, Caden, 16, and Hayes, 14, would have to share a bathroom, while her daughter, Grace, 13, would have to share hers “with the house.”
When the divorce procedures between the “Yellowstone” actor, 68, and Baumgartner first began, she wanted more than $175,000 in child support, a $46,000 increase over what he had been paying her.
However, the former handbag designer’s attorney, John Rydell, later stated that he and his client were lowering the desired sum to $161,592 per month following an updated assessment by a forensic accountant.
Despite Baumgartner’s reduction, the amount was still well short of Costner’s suggestion of $60,000 per month, which she considered insufficient to maintain the status quo.
“Because the children fly on private aircraft to go on luxury vacations when they are with their father,” her lawyers wrote in a brief, “the Family Code dictates that Kevin should pay sufficient child support to Christine so that the children can go on comparable vacations when they are with her.”
Following the judge’s decision to order the “Field of Dreams” star to pay $63,000 per month in child support, Costner stated that despite the bitter nature of their divorce, he still loves his estranged wife.
“This is a horrible place to be, but this is where we’re at,” he said, following his child support win on Friday.
“It feels so bad,” he said outside of the courtroom. “We’re talking about somebody I love on the other side. I just can’t.”