Hollywood actor Kevin Costner is currently embroiled in a legal battle with his estranged wife, Christine Baumgartner, over child support payments. According to recent court filings, Baumgartner is seeking $248,000 per month, which Costner claims he cannot afford to pay.
The situation has been exacerbated by Costner’s other financial commitments, including a $20 million investment in a big-budget movie he is directing and starring in, as well as ongoing legal battles with the makers of the hit TV series Yellowstone over residuals. The actor has also stated that he needs his $145 million compound in Carpentaria, California, to edit his upcoming blockbuster film and provide living quarters for his crew.
“I will earn substantially less in 2023 than I did in 2022. This is because I am no longer under contract for Yellowstone, the principal source of my income last year,” Costner, 68, stated in documents obtained by Us Weekly. “The fixed amount ‘pay or play’ and episodic compensation I received has ceased. Now, any compensation I earn from Yellowstone will derive only from my back-end contractual participation rights, which amounts are not fixed.”
Despite his vast fortune and fame, Costner’s real-life struggles have been laid bare according to RadarOnline. In an 11-page declaration, the actor details the excruciating pressure he’s under to complete his various projects while fighting a bare-knuckle divorce battle over his $400 million fortune.
It’s clear that the situation is taking a toll on the actor, who spends months away from home working on film locations. He has expressed his concern for his children, who are caught in the middle of the legal battle, stating that he’s doing everything he can to make the divorce as seamless as possible for them.
But the battle over child support is just one of the many challenges that Costner is facing. With ongoing legal battles and multimillion-dollar investments, it’s clear that the actor’s financial situation is complicated and ever-changing. As the legal battle continues, it remains to be seen how it will all play out and what the future holds for Kevin Costner.