After Contentious Split, a Long Celeb Marriage Is Over

Divorce of Kevin Costner, Christine Baumgartner finalized
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 21, 2024 1:30 AM CST
After Contentious Split, a Long Celeb Marriage Is Over
Kevin Costner, left, and Christine Baumgartner arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, March 27, 2022, in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

A judge has declared that Kevin Costner and his wife of nearly two decades, Christine Baumgartner, are now legally divorced, according to court records filed Tuesday. The couple's marriage ended, and both became single, on Friday, nine months after she filed for divorce, a judgment entered in Santa Barbara County court showed. In the first months after their split, Costner and Baumgartner fought in court over child custody and support payments and appeared to be headed for a contentious trial. But they reached a settlement agreement in September that allowed them to avoid it, the AP reports.

The two will have joint custody of their sons, ages 16 and 15, and daughter, age 13. A judge in September ordered Costner to pay about $63,000 per month in child support, after Baumgartner had sought about $175,000 per month. Costner, 69, and Baumgartner, 48, a model and handbag designer, began dating in 1998 and married at his Colorado ranch in 2004. It was the second marriage for Costner, the Oscar and Emmy winning star of TV's Yellowstone and films including Dances With Wolves, The Bodyguard, and Bull Durham. He also has four adult children from previous relationships. (The couple revealed in court what their next steps will be.)

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