Kevin Costner’s estranged wife, Christine Baumgartner, is facing a massive legal battle as court documents obtained by Entertainment Tonight reveal that she owes over $300,000 in unpaid legal fees to her divorce lawyers.
Last week, Baumgartner shocked everyone when she requested that Costner pay her a staggering $885,000 in legal fees. However, his lawyers were quick to dismiss this demand as “nothing short of outrageous.” They pointed out that Costner had already paid over $300,000 in legal fees to Baumgartner just in July.
In new court documents filed recently, Baumgartner’s lawyers clarified that she had actually asked for $855,000, not $885,000. The additional money she requested is intended to cover her mounting debt to her legal team. Her lawyers claimed that Costner’s overspending in the divorce proceedings had put her at a disadvantage and requested that her request would help level the playing field.
Shockingly, it has been reported that Costner has already spent over $850,000 in legal fees, which includes expenses for a recent child-support hearing. This divorce battle seems to be taking a major toll on both parties in terms of financial resources.
Baumgartner’s representatives argued that the court should order Costner to pay her past and future legal fees in a lump sum. Given the mounting costs and the complexities of the divorce, they believe this would be the most appropriate solution.
Costner and Baumgartner, who were married for 18 years, filed for divorce in May. Since then, this high-profile split has only intensified, with legal battles now central to their ongoing separation.
As the situation continues to unfold, it remains to be seen how the court will rule on the matter of Baumgartner’s legal fees. However, one thing is certain: this divorce case is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.
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