Kevin Costner Ordered to Pay Estranged Wife Christine $63K per Month in Child Support – On Friday, the 68-year-old Yellowstone actor was directed by the court in Santa Barbara to provide his estranged wife Christine with a monthly child support payment of $63,209, which aligns with Kevin’s proposed amount. Back in July, Kevin Costner had initially received a tentative order to pay $129,755 each month to support his three children: Cayden (16), Hayes (14), and Grace (13).
However, Christine, aged 49, submitted a request earlier this week to increase this sum to $175,057, which was later adjusted to $161,592 following a court hearing on Thursday, based on a recent assessment by a forensic accountant. “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,” Kevin said in court on Friday when he took the stand.
On Thursday, Christine’s attorney John Rydell said that the lifestyle Christine and Kevin’s three children have grown accustomed to is “in their DNA at this point.” On the stand, Christine explained how a decrease in financial status would affect their kids. She said in part their children are “very connected to the ocean — it’s their home,” and noted the surf garage is 50 steps from “toes in the water.”
“It’s so much more than this — it’s an experience,” Christine told the court as she looked at evidentiary photos. “We’ve created quite a community,” she added, repeatedly referring to the Santa Barbara compound she vacated as “ours.” The home, as stated in court, includes a volleyball court, a garden, an infinity pool and two guest houses. In July, an insider informed a news outlet that in accordance with their prenuptial agreement, Christine relocated from the family’s residence within the $145 million Santa Barbara estate she had shared with Kevin.
Initially, she resided in a smaller dwelling on the same property, but as confirmed during the court proceedings on Thursday, she subsequently transitioned to a nearby rental home with a monthly cost of $40,000. “Christine is trying to keep everything as normal as possible,” the source told a news outlet in July. Christine filed for divorce from the Oscar winner in May. The couple was married for 18 years.