TMZ has learned that Britney Spears and Kevin Federline have mutually agreed to a custody arrangement during the month of January.
Under the terms of the stipulated agreement, just filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Britney and Kevin will have joint legal custody of their two children, one-year-old Sean Preston and four-month-old Jayden James. Spears custody agreement Britney will have the lion's share of physical custody. Kevin's physical custody is extremely limited. He will be allowed to be with the children from noon to 4:00 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Spears' residence. Under the agreement, Spears can be present, but no one may interfere with Federline's right to be with the children.
Also under the terms of the stipulation, Federline is allowing Spears to take the children to Miami for a week, starting today through the 11th.
No agreement has been reached on custody matters after January.
In her petition for divorce filed in November, Spears asked for sole physical and legal custody of the couple's two children. Federline responded one day later asking for the same thing.
Federline is represented by attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan. Spears is represented by Laura Wasser.
Both parties agreed that the only people allowed at the visitation will be Spears, Federline, a nanny, Spears's personal assistant and household staff.
Meanwhile, Spears is permitted to take the children to Miami from Jan. 5 to 11. She has agreed to keep Federline apprised of her location while in the city.
Webmaster's note: Looks like a step in the right direction. I assume the reason Kevin is still visiting the kids at Britney's home only is because pictures of Jayden have not yet been released. In the future I'd like to see the kids spending time at both houses so they can hang out with Kori and Kaleb and their relatives on Kevin's side. Other than that it looks good, I'm very happy to hear about joint legal custody, even if this is only a temporary arrangement for January. And, since we're on this topic, Britney posted a new letter on her website today:
It has been a while since I've addressed you personally here on my official website. The last couple of years have been quite a ride for me, the media has criticized my every move and printed a skewed perception of who I really am as a human being. Behind every decision I have made in my public life there always seems to be an apparent contradiction. I have come to terms with that which is why I usually don't pay much attention to it.
The last couple of years have been very enlightening for me and now that I've had the time to be "me", I've been able to sit down and think about where I want to go with myself as an entertainer with absolutely no strings attached. I am now more mature and feel like I am finally "free". I've been working so hard on this new album and I can't wait for you all to hear it and to go on tour again! I would like to exclusively tell you that I am working hard to release the new album sometime later this year, but the date is of course not certain yet. I look forward to coming back this year bigger and better than ever, and to also reaching out to my fans on a more personal level. I noticed today that one of my biggest fansites is shutting down soon and I want you all to know that I do understand all the reasons that went behind making that decision, and I am sad to see it closing. If I were you I'd be unhappy too if I had to read what I've been reading every day. But trust me, I get it. I know I've been far from perfect and the media has had a lot of fun exaggerating my every move, but I want you all to know that I love my fans so much, and I appreciate everything you have done for me, so Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
Webmaster's note: I have to say I like this letter much better than her last one. Last time I suspected Larry was behind the letter, but I'm going to give Britney the benefit of the doubt on this one because it sounds more like her to me, and also TMZ reported that there were initially typos which seems more like Britney. It's nice to hear a more positive spin on the last two years of her life, unlike her last letter. It's seems that she's calmed down and is now reflecting on what happened, which is a good thing. On a side note, it will be interesting to see what kind of arrangements are made with the kids while she's on tour, but I'm feeling more optimistic that they'll be able to work something reasonable out. Who knows, maybe they'll even become friends over time, that would be very nice to see.
While Larry's spin on the divorce posted yesterday really rubbed me the wrong way, this letter does not. I still don't like the way the divorce has been handled so far, but today is the first day that I think things are looking up. A nice way to start the year. I wish Britney luck on her album, I'm looking forward to it.