As Britney Spears' parenting skills are coming under fire, Kevin Federline's lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan talks to Usmagazine.com about the finalization of the former couple's divorce, their current custody situation, and his client's concerns about the safety of his children when with Spears.
Usmagazine.com: Is Kevin happy with Monday's court proceedings finalizing the divorce?
Mark Vincent Kaplan: I think that he was pleased that that phase of the case could be finalized.
Us: How does he feel about the current 50/50 shared custody agreement?
MVK: I think that Kevin would like to have as much custody as he could get because he feels that the children would benefit by that. I'm sure Britney wants more custody as well. I don't think anyone should draw any presumption or conclusion from the fact that the judgment was entered on Monday, that everything is fine with everybody as of Monday.
Us: Is the question of custody still open?
MVK: The judgment could be filed but it might not relate to the current circumstances, it might relate to prior ones, and there's always an ability to at least apply to the court that you need to change in the interest of the kid.
Us: What's Kevin like as a father?
MVK: I don't want to talk about the kids, but I can say that he is a hands-on dad and I think that he is a very focused parent who believes that any kids, but especially kids of this young age, need to have structure and consistency and that he has always provided that and wants to make sure that they get the benefit of that as much as possible.
Us: Is he concerned about what happens when they are not under his care?
MVK: Well I can't say how he feels about it, but I can say that all of these things that come out [about Britney], if true, are things that would concern me. He is someone who has gone out of his way to protect his kids as much as possible. I don't recall ever seeing a picture of him with his kids in tow out in public because he feels that could subject them to an unnecessary risk and doesn't benefit them. His desire is that these kids have a chance to grow up free, in as normal an environment as possible. He's somebody that never has tried to boost his appearance in public through his children.