Kevin Costner and Ex Christine Settle Divorce Amid Contentious Legal Battle – Kevin Costner and his estranged wife Christine have reportedly reached a divorce settlement. According to TMZ, the former couple, who ended their 18-year marriage earlier this year, have agreed on the terms of their divorce. Representatives for Kevin, aged 68, and Christine, aged 49, have not yet responded to requests for comment as of Tuesday morning.
The recent development comes as quite a surprise, especially given the contentious legal dispute that Kevin and Christine have been embroiled in for the past few months following Christine’s divorce filing on May 1. In her filing, Christine indicated that her separation from the Yellowstone actor occurred on April 11. The couple has three children together: their sons Cayden, aged 16, and Hayes, aged 14, as well as their daughter Grace, aged 13.
A rep for the actor said in a statement at the time of Christine’s divorce filing, “It is with great sadness that circumstances beyond his control have transpired which have resulted in Mr. Costner having to participate in a dissolution of marriage action.” “We ask that his, Christine’s, and their children’s privacy be respected as they navigate this difficult time,” the rep added.
Throughout the last four-plus months, Kevin and Christine have made appearances in court to address various matters, including the timeline of Christine’s departure from their family estate in Santa Barbara, California, and child-support payments involving the Field of Dreams actor. In a Santa Barbara court case spanning two days in late August, a judge established Kevin’s monthly child support payments to Christine at $63,209.
This amount aligned with Kevin’s initial proposal, after Christine and her legal team had requested an increase from $129,755 to $175,057. After Christine’s attorney John Rydell said the oceanside lifestyle their three children have enjoyed at their Santa Barbara compound is “in their DNA at this point,” Kevin took the stand, where he said, “My biggest concern is that the court orders me to pay child support that is above the needs of my children and for the needs of Christine.”
Christine also testified that she was considering going back to school for a college degree. “I will look into the steps I need to take and any schooling I need to do, and I will enter the workforce,” she said on the stand about how she’ll support herself in the future. When Kevin took the stand, he admitted “my world’s been a little shook up” as a result of the split. Addressing how he plans to move forward, he said, “I have to take care of obligations that are already in place; I have a lot of responsibilities I have to take care of.”
“I need to figure out how I’m going to spend more time with the children, walk them through this process,” the Oscar winner added. “I am going to need to take some time for myself. I have a lot to contemplate — what I have to do versus what I want to do.” Before reports of their alleged settlement emerged, Kevin and Christine were scheduled to return to court in December to address the validity of their prenuptial agreement. Kevin’s marriage to Christine marked his second marriage, following a 16-year union with Cindy Silva that ended in divorce in 1994.