Pic: Dennis Wasser (Britney's attorney) and Mark Vincent Kaplan (Kevin's attorney)
Here are three different versions of what happened in court today.
From US Weekly (usmagazine.com):
Spears and Federline Attorneys Back in Court
The custody battle between Britney Spears and Kevin Federline continues in court today. Attorney Dennis Wasser, father of Spears' vacationing attorney Laura Wasser, is asking for a continuance on the case, a source tells Usmagazine.com. The next scheduled hearing is currently set for Sept. 4.
A rep for the Los Angeles County Superior Court public information office tells Us: “The hearing was an ex parte hearing – meaning it wasn’t scheduled. It was a closed hearing, and all the proceedings were closed. It happened in chambers, and was closed to the public. The documents received are under seal. There is a pending review for release [of the papers to the public] with the commissioner, but no time factor [for reviewing those.] There is another calendared hearing for September 4.”
While Spears' lawyers are looking for more time, a source familiar with the case tells Us that Federline's lawyer “Mark Vincent Kaplan has been working very hard and has been very focused on gaining primary custody of the boys for Kevin." To that end, he has subpoenaed Spears confidante Alli Sims, former employees Daimon Shippen and Shannon Funk, and an executive adminstrator from Promises Treatment Center, where Spears attended a 28-day substance abuse program earlier this year.
A source tells Us, "Kevin wants to be able to provide a safe and secure environment for his boys.”
Who's Behind the Britney Investigation? -- Plot Thickens
Posted Aug 27th 2007 6:06PM by TMZ Staff
Sources tell TMZ the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services "abuse investigation" into Britney Spears does not involve physical mistreatment of her children.
Sources say the complaint lodged with DCFS involves allegations of poor dental hygiene, as well as poor eating and sleeping habits for her kids. Curiously, although DCFS keeps these allegations secret, they ended up in legal papers filed today by K-Fed's attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, suggesting it might have been Fed-Ex himself who lodged the complaint.
And get this: DCFS is all too familiar with the family. We've learned that another anonymous complaint was filed with DCFS on July 2, but it went nowhere.
Sources say DCFS has put both Britney and K-Fed under the microscope in the past. In February, 2006, DCFS famously investigated Britney after the notorious car seat incident with Sean Preston. Ditto April, 2006 (while Brit and K-Fed were still together), after Sean Preston fell out of a high chair -- another DCFS investigation came and went.
Child Abuse Claims Raised In Britney Spears-Kevin Federline Custody Battle?
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (August 27, 2007) – As Britney Spears and Kevin Federline continue their heated custody battle, have allegations of child abuse entered the fray?
Access Hollywood has learned attorneys for both sides were present at a hearing today in dependency court, which handles child abuse claims, among other things.
Access has learned today’s matter takes precedence in their ongoing custody battle, with all other issues being put on hold.
If the county feels the kids are at risk, they will begin an investigation. If they find either or both parents aren’t capable or unwilling to parent the children, the county will file a petition in juvenile court, Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Steve Cron told Access.
If that happens, Britney and Kevin would be allowed a “full blown” hearing where they can bring witnesses and experts to testify on their behalf. The judge would then decide if the county needs to step in, possibly taking over custody over the kids, according to Cron.
However, all details from within dependency court are confidential and at this time, it is unknown if the concern is over one or both parents.