The fact that Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner had a prenup in place should have made their 2023 split simple, and yet, it was anything but. As court documents revealed, the agreement clearly stated that Baumgartner had just 30 days to leave the couple’s $145 million beachfront compound in Carpinteria, California, following her May 2023 divorce filing. But while Costner stuck to his promises, paying her the $1.5 million he owed under the prenup, she decided to take her ex to court and challenge the validity of the terms. In doing so, she actually risked having to give back the money because, as People discovered, there was a clause stating that if she ever challenged the prenup, “She shall lose any and all rights to receive any payment, Property or Interest from Kevin.” And yet, that didn’t stop her.
By mid-June, Baumgartner was still living in the home, despite the prenup guaranteeing her a $200,000 deposit for a new home, plus money for moving expenses, as well as property taxes and homeowner’s insurance. Costner asked a court to help, and in July, a judge sided with him. Baumgartner was ordered to move out by July 31 (despite asking for an August 31 extension). “He was relieved,” a source told People of Costner. However, Baumgartner didn’t go very far. An insider told People she “will stay at a smaller house on the property that’s been used as a staff quarter.”