Kevin Costner wins legal battle against estranged wife Christine Baumgartner

A Santa Barbara judge ruled in favor of Kevin Costner this week and ordered Christine Baumgartner to leave their estate by the end of July.

The property was purchased by Costner before the marriage, and a prenuptial agreement provided that Baumgartner would move out of the home within 30 days and that she would not live in any of his properties if the couple divorced.

"Judge Thomas Anderle denied Baumgartner's request to move out of the residence by Aug. 15. Her legal team argued the Santa Barbara housing market made it difficult for her to find a new home," reported Fox News.

The legal team for Baumgartner also stated that Costner's child support offer was not what had been requested for their three children.

Baumgartner was requesting nearly $250,000 PER MONTH. Costner offered $68,000.

The judge denied Baumgartner's request for a later move-out date and set July 31 as the date by which she must vacate the home.

"Baumgartner first filed for divorce from the 'Field of Dreams' actor on May 1, citing 'irreconcilable differences.' The date of separation was listed as April 11, 2023," Fox News reports.

Costner has previously said in court documents that "securing his right to access his separate property residences" was "an important priority."

The property Costner is seeking to prioritize overlooks the ocean in Carpinteria, California.

"Kevin was married once before and, upon separation, he found himself without a home base and unable to live in his own home," Costner's legal team wrote.

Legal expert Christopher C. Melcher thinks Costner "should be very pleased" with the outcome.

"He never wanted that to happen again. Because of the nature of his work, Kevin is frequently working out of town; it was and remains therefore particularly important to him that when he is home, he has a home to go to," Melcher said.