Saturday, February 23, 2008

Britney Spears to be granted access to sons

It's been nearly two months since Britney Spears hasn't seen her two children, but the troubled singer will soon be able to visit them with her ex-husband Kevin Federline's permission.

According to a statement released Friday by Federline's lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan, the two sides agreed on modifying the court order prohibiting Britney Spears from reaching the former couple's two sons, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1.

"We're pleased that ... the process of reinstating the children's mother as a participant in their lives can commence," E! Online quoted Kaplan as saying. However, he noted that a court commissioner is yet to sign off on the deal and fax it over. When that happens, "Ms. Spears will be seeing her boys very soon after that. But it's not a total done deal yet," he added.

"I think that both sides agree that visitation would be what's best for the children," Kaplan explained. "Certainly that's something that she keenly desires to have start as soon as possible."

All parties just want to "assure that there will be continuity and stability. They say the devil's in the details, so that's what everyone's working on right now."

Elliot Mintz, a spokesman for Kaplan and Federline, credited the development to Britney's father, Jamie Spears, whose temporary conservatorship she's currently under.

"James Spears went a long way in terms of stabilizing an environment that surrounded Britney which was wildly in flux," Mintz said. "It's clear Britney is in a different place now than she was a week or two ago."

Kaplan refused to give details regarding the terms of their new agreement, but when asked if Britney's father as well as a psychiatrist will also be attending the visitations, he said, "It will involve many more specific terms to be met than just those two people in the room. We have put lots of specific terms, conditions and protections in place to make visitation happen in the safest way possible."
"None of this would not have happened if Jamie Spears had not been involved. That's for sure. He gets a lot of credit for helping make this happen. But we've worked very hard with the conservator lawyers, as well, to make this all work," he added.

The 26-year-old singer, who lost the custody of her children in October last year, has been stripped of her visitation rights with the boys following an incident at her Los Angeles home on January 3 that resulted in the first of her two hospitalizations in a psychiatric ward this year.

Following her second hospitalization in late January, Britney's parents came to Los Angeles to help her pull her life together. All the singer's assets have been placed under temporary conservatorship of her father. Conservatorship is granted over people who are deemed unable to care for themselves or their affairs.


Kevin Federline has agreed to give ex-wife Britney Spears visitation rights with their two young sons, his lawyer said Friday.

Federline attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan said in a statement the former couple has agreed to a modification of a court order that had stripped Spears of her visitation rights. The statement did not provide more details.

A court commissioner gave Kevin Federline sole physical and legal custody of their two little boys and suspended the pop star's visitation rights on Jan. 4.

Spears has not been allowed to see sons Jayden James, 1, and Sean Preston, 2, since an incident at her home that led to the first of her two hospitalizations in a psychiatric facility this year.

Spears and her estate were placed under a temporary conservatorship after she was taken to UCLA Medical Center on Jan. 31. Conservatorships are granted for people deemed unable to care for themselves or their affairs.

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