Kevin Costner came out victorious in his child support battle against Christine Costner. A judge ruled he only has to pay $63,209 a month — less than half of what she’s been receiving — after an emotional two days in court. Christine filed for divorce in May after 18 years of marriage and it’s been nothing short of messy ever since.
During Kevin’s testimony on Friday, he shed more light into his departure from Yellowstone, claiming it wasn’t his choice to leave the hit show. According to a source inside the courtroom, Kevin’s testimony largely revolved around his finances and how much money he’s made over the last few years.
Christine tried to convince a judge to award her $161,592 a month as she claimed that’s the amount necessary to provide her and Kevin’s three kids — Cayden, 16, Hayes, 14, and Grace, 13 — a similar, luxurious lifestyle when they are in her care. Kevin has made around $19 million annually the last two years. Christine’s attorney arrived at their child support figure by using a formula given Kevin’s substantial income, largely due to Yellowstone. However, the actor made the case that this should not be considered as it’s past, not future income.
At one point during Friday’s hearing, Kevin made a joke when Christine’s attorney accused him of earning more money during the first seasons of Yellowstone than previously stated: “Oh good, we’ll have to have a treasure hunt to find it.”