Things are continuing to stay messy between Kevin Costner and his estranged wife Christine Baumgartner, who—reminder—split up in May after 18 years of marriage. According to Us Weekly, Christine is asking for $175,057 a month in child support so that her kids can maintain their fancy lifestyle when they're with her.
“The Court is required to set child support at a level that, when the children are with Christine, they live a lifestyle relatively comparable to the one they enjoy when they are with their father,” Christine's legal team wrote in a brief, per Us Weekly. “The Court order must allow the children to be supported at a level commensurate with Kevin’s considerable wealth, even if that level of support also improves the standard of living of Christine.”
They added that the kids should live in a “comparable house” to their father's when they're with their mom, and keep enjoying luxury vacations.
“Because the children fly on private aircraft to go on luxury vacations when they are with their father, the Family Code dictates that Kevin should pay sufficient child support to Christine so that the children can go on comparable vacations when they are with her," Christine's lawyers said. "This is true even if the child support payments also improve Christine’s lifestyle. In this case, the guideline child support requested by Christine of $175,057 per month will not be sufficient to replicate Kevin’s lifestyle, but it will be sufficient to allow her to provide a lifestyle for the children which is relatively comparable.”
The brief also noted that “Kevin will argue that Christine doesn’t need to provide the children with many of the things to which they have become accustomed, as they can enjoy those things with Kevin," but say this argument "misses the point" and that "the children should be able to participate in their activities with each of their parents."
"Under Kevin’s argument, the children will either have to sacrifice some of their activities when they are with Christine or choose to forfeit their time with their mother in order to do so," the brief argues. "Indeed, Kevin’s position is punitive, manipulative and contrary to the children’s best interests and the policy of the law."
Apparently this issue is being dealt with in a hearing this week so stay tuned.
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