The “Yellowstone” actor testified against his estranged wife on Friday about support for their three teenage children: Cayden, Hayes and Grace.
the Yellowstone The 68-year-old actor testified Friday in court in Santa Barbara, California, during the second day of the hearing that was scheduled to address Kristen’s case. Asking for $175,057 per month in child support — an increase of over $46,000 from the $129,000 she currently receives from Costner.
On the stage, Costner was asked if his Santa Barbara compound and Kristen’s new $40,000 rented home were “fair.” Costner said he believes the two characteristics are “similar” but “I don’t think they are equal”.
“I think I know what justice means,” he added.
During Costner’s testimony, Christine, 49, did not make eye contact with the actor, looking down or at her attorney and not reacting when he called her his wife. (she Submit a request for divorce in May.)
After viewing the numbers in the monthly expense report, Oscar “Is this after the date you left me?” asked the winner, referring to Christine.
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the Dream field The star was also asked how kids generally use their Santa Barbara compound, saying that sons Kayden, 16, and Hayes, 14, as well as daughter Grace, 13, “mostly play in the driveway that Kristen has made beautiful for them.”
When asked if he himself would live in the $40,000-a-month property Kristen is currently renting, the actor said, “No, I wouldn’t, but it’s not because it’s not comparable,” adding of his current home, “I He raised three children in that house. It’s a beach house. “Their hands are in stone.”
“I’d like to be true to some of the features of this house,” he recalled of his previous rental.
Costner’s turn to testify comes one day after Kristen does. Kristen’s attorney, John Riddell, said Thursday that the lifestyle Kristen and Costner’s three children have become accustomed to is “in their DNA at this point“.
While standing, Christine explained how the decline in financial status would affect their children. She said their children are “very connected to the ocean – it’s their home” and noted that the surf garage is 50 steps away “toes in the water”.
In an opening statement Thursday, Riedel said they have reduced the child support application amount to $161,592 per month, according to the forensic accountant’s latest assessment. The new amount remains higher than Costner’s suggestion of $60,000 a month, which his lawyers put forward during the hearing.
The mother-of-three stated in a legal filing obtained by PEOPLE on Aug. 26 that “Forensics determined that[Kevin’s]average cash flow available for support for the 2021-2022 biennium was $19,248,467 per year ($1,604,039 per month).”
“Based on this cash flow, and a 50/50 parenting time sharing, the child support guideline, which is assumed to be correct under California law, is $175,057 per month,” the documents continued.
A court document obtained by PEOPLE before the hearing also stated, “Christine is making this motion in order to uphold these principles of family law and to ensure that The three minor children of both parties We will continue to benefit from the lifestyle made possible by Kevin’s large earnings and wealth.”
Additionally, according to these legal documents, Costner’s various accounts and entities had a total of $17,293,117 in cash equivalent as of June 30, 2023, giving him enough funds to pay his support and also to pay the attorney’s fees and costs of both parties. “
According to those court documents, $175,057 per month It wouldn’t be enough to replicate Kevin’s lifestyle, but it would be enough to allow her to provide a relatively similar lifestyle for the children.
If approved, the order will “become retroactive to July 1,” according to the court filing.
“The court is obligated to set the level of child support at a level such that, when the children are with Christine, they lead a lifestyle relatively similar to that which they enjoy when they are with their father,” the documents added.
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