Kevin Costner appeared relaxed as he had breakfast with his youngest son in Santa Barbara, California on Saturday. This marked the first public appearance of the 68-year-old Oscar winner after winning his contentious child support court battle with ex-wife Christine Baumgartner the previous Friday.
The star of “Yellowstone” donned a long-sleeve blue shirt with a zip front, faded jeans, and white sneakers. His blond hair was gently tousled by the breeze, and he sported dark sunglasses.
On the other hand, Hayes, aged 14, was casually dressed in a graphic white T-shirt, jeans, and sneakers. Father and son seemed to be savoring a full meal while sitting on the porch of a red and white restaurant.
Kevin Costner shares three children with his former handbag designer wife, Christine Baumgartner, who is 49. In addition to Hayes, they have Cayden, 16, and Grace, 13. Christine filed for divorce in May after 18 years of marriage.
Before the couple married in September 2004, they had signed a prenuptial agreement, which required her to vacate their $145 million Montecito home in the event of a divorce. This residence includes a volleyball court, a garden, an infinity pool, and two guest houses. Following their separation, Christine initially resided in one of the guest houses but has since been renting a home for $40,000 per month.
Christine Baumgartner contended that she sought a substantial amount of child support because she wanted her children to maintain the same lifestyle they were accustomed to when they were with her. The former model stated that she has been a stay-at-home mom since 2004 and has no source of income.
However, on Friday, a judge in Santa Barbara reduced her child support payments to $63,000 per month. This is less than half of the $129,000 she was receiving and significantly lower than the $161,000 she had requested. The decision followed a two-day evidentiary hearing in which both parties presented their arguments for what they believed was a ‘reasonable’ amount of child support.