Kevin Costner hits out at ex-wife amid messy divorce

Kevin Costner’s authorized group has accused his ex-wife Christine Baumgartner of “gamesmanship of the worst type” as their divorce battle continues, it has been reported.

New courtroom paperwork reportedly present that the Yellowstone star is asking the courtroom to compel his former spouse of 18 years to explicitly reply quite a few questions his attorneys have put to her about their premarital settlement (PMA).

Based on People, which obtained the paperwork, Costner’s legal professionals have claimed that Baumgartner, 49, has prevented answering questions all through the invention course of and that she claims to not perceive sure phrases equivalent to “understood” or “negotiation”, and due to this fact can’t reply them.

The actor’s authorized group additionally claims Baumgartner has prevented answering whether or not or not she understood the settlement earlier than she signed it, and branded her authorized technique “gamesmanship of the worst type”.

Gamesmanship in a lawsuit refers back to the intention of making extra expense or stress for the opposite occasion with a view to persuade them to desert their case or decide on extra beneficial phrases.

Baumgartner and Costner signed a PMA earlier than their marriage in 2004. The settlement’s phrases state that Baumgartner obtained a US$1.5m payout after she filed for divorce in Might. Nevertheless, if she challenges the settlement, she reportedly could should forfeit the settlement.

Costner’s legal professionals quoted the settlement in authorized paperwork filed in June, saying: “If Christine, in any method, challenges or assists within the problem of the validity or enforceability of any provision of this Settlement, she shall lose any and all rights to obtain any fee, Property or Curiosity from Kevin pursuant to this Settlement.”

Marilyn Chinitz, a matrimonial lawyer based mostly in New York who doesn’t characterize both occasion, advised Individuals that such clauses are routine, including: “It’s principally saying, ‘If you happen to’re going to problem the settlement as being invalid and unenforceable, then something that you could have benefited by, I’ve a proper to claw again’.”

Each authorized groups are at the moment making ready to go to trial in November to find out the validity of the PMA. However Costner’s legal professionals have accused Baumgartner of “[refusing] to make identified all of her contentions” concerning the validity of the settlement.

Kevin Costner and his spouse Christine Baumgartner at the Oscars in 2022

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The doc acknowledged, as per Individuals: “The objections [Baumgartner] has mustered in an effort to not disclose her contentions are frivolous. She says she doesn’t perceive phrases like ‘understood’ or ‘negotiation’, so she can’t reply this discovery.

“She says she doesn’t know what generally authorized phrases like ‘authorized impact’ and ‘supersedes’ imply, so she can’t reply this discovery. She refuses to confess (and even deny) that the particular factual representations she and her lawyer made within the PMA itself are correct, to wit, that she understood the PMA, that it was defined to her and that she acknowledged she understood the which means and authorized impact of the PMA.”

It comes after Costner was reportedly ordered to pay his ex-wife $129,000 in month-to-month youngster assist, which is double what he initially supplied to offer her.

Baumgartner beforehand requested {that a} choose order the Bodyguard star to pay $248k monthly, in addition to 100 per cent of their three teenage youngsters’s personal tuition, healthcare bills and extracurricular actions. She reportedly argued that the quantity was lower than what was wanted to “keep the youngsters of their accustomed life-style”.

In the meantime, Costner had alleged that Baumgartner breached their PMA by “refusing” to maneuver out of the California home they shared. She has since moved out right into a reportedly US$35k monthly rental dwelling in the identical space after being ordered to vacate the premises by 31 July.

The pair share three youngsters, Cayden, 16, Hayes, 14, and Grace, 13. Costner was beforehand married to Cindy Silva, with whom he additionally shares three youngsters, and in addition has a son with Bridget Rooney.

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