Kevin Costner’s ongoing legal battle with his estranged wife, Christine Baumgartner, has taken yet another contentious turn as she seeks $885,000 in attorneys’ fees and expert costs ahead of their November trial over their premarital agreement. Baumgartner’s request includes $575,000 in attorneys’ fees and $280,000 in expert costs. Costner’s legal team argues that this exorbitant sum covers 1,106 hours of attorney time at a rate of $800 per hour, all in preparation for the upcoming trial that will determine the conscionability of the spousal support waiver.
In response to this staggering request, Costner’s legal team underscored the need to maintain perspective when dealing with such significant numbers. The essence of their argument lies in whether the requested amount is justifiable and whether the upcoming trial truly necessitates such extensive expenditures.
Baumgartner and Costner’s legal teams are at odds regarding the scope of the impending trial. Baumgartner’s team aims to analyze her marital standard of living and Costner’s income, while Costner’s lawyers assert that such analyses are superfluous. They point out that the bulk of the marital standard of living analysis has already been conducted due to the child support dispute that has been settled. In essence, Costner’s team questions the necessity of revisiting these aspects during the upcoming trial.
This latest request for substantial funds comes on the heels of Baumgartner being ordered to pay $14,237.50 in attorneys’ fees, a consequence of her alleged bad-faith refusal to answer questions from Costner’s legal team. The court also previously awarded Baumgartner $300,000 in legal fees. The financial aspects of their divorce have been highly contentious, with disagreements over child support payments and other financial matters.
As the legal battle continues, both parties are left grappling with the emotional toll of a marriage’s disintegration, echoing Costner’s sentiment that there are no winners in such situations. The former couple, who share three children, is now navigating the challenging path of co-parenting, hopeful that they can find a way to amicably move forward despite the legal complexities and financial disputes that have marred their separation.