Kevin Costner’s ex Christine was ordered to pay $14,000 of his divorce attorney fees

Kevin Costner’s estranged wife Christine was ordered to pay $14,237.50 in legal fees to the actor’s lawyers during a hearing Wednesday

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Kevin Costner‘s estranged wife Christine has been ordered to pay a portion of the actor’s divorce attorney fees totaling $14,237.50.

The latest development in their contentious divorce battle resulted in Judge Thomas Anderle’s ruling Wednesday that Christine, 49, must cover more than $14,000 of Kevin’s legal fees, which he says he incurred while trying to get answers about her understanding of their prenuptial agreement.

Judge Anderle emphasized during the ruling that this “is certainly a case of consequence.”

In an order request filed in California Superior Court and obtained by PEOPLE last month, attorneys for Kevin, 68, asked the court to forcing Christine to answer their questionsand claims that she “refuses to disclose all of her claims about the validity of the PMA.”

The documents filed by Yellowstone Star’s attorneys continued: “The objections she has made in an attempt to not disclose her allegations are frivolous. She says she doesn’t understand words like ‘understood’ or ‘negotiation,’ so she can’t respond to this discovery.” “

The document itemized legal fees totaling $14,237.50 and further stated, “Discovery is not a game of chicken. Kevin should never have been required to spend money to file suit.”

Under the terms of the prenuptial agreement, Christine received a $1.5 million settlement. If she challenges it, she risk losing the payout and could be required to pay several of Kevin’s legal fees. In July, her attorneys argued that “there has been no determination by this court that the parties’ prenuptial agreement is enforceable.”

They shouted on Kevin’s request to make Christine pay that amount: “Kevin claims that he does not have to pay fees and costs for Christine to challenge the validity of the PMA. He also regularly claims that the PMA is valid and that there is no evidence that opposite. This is the legal answer to whistling past the graveyard.”

Related: Kevin Costner accused ex of waging a ‘relentless jihad’ against him over child support

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Married since 2004, the exes share three children: Cayden, 16, Hayes, 14, and Grace, 13.

During a two-day Santa Barbara court proceedings on the determination of child support last week, a judge set the monthly payments Kevin will make to Christine at $63,209, equal to his proposed amount, after she and her lawyers requested $175,057up from the $129,755 the actor was tentatively ordered to pay in July.

After Christine’s lawyer, John Rydell, said that the lifestyle by the sea has been enjoyed by their three children The Santa Barbara Complex is “in their DNA at this point,” Kevin took the stand. “My biggest concern is that the court is ordering me to pay child support that is higher than my children’s needs and for Christine’s needs,” he said.

Asked as he left the courtroom during a lunch break if he “still have loveFor Christine, Kevin told reporters, “Of course.”

“This is a terrible place to be,” he added. “But this is where we are.”

Christine filed for divorce from Dances with Wolves Oscar winner in May after 18 years of marriage. A representative for Kevin said in a statement at the time: “It is with great sadness that circumstances beyond his control have arisen which have resulted in Mr. Costner having to enter into divorce proceedings.”

Kevin and Christine will meeting in court again in December to learn about the validity of their prenuptial agreement.

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