Judge: Spears Must Undergo Regular Drug Tests in Order to Keep Her Children
Tuesday September 18, 2007
In a closed hearing on Monday, Los Angeles judge Scott M. Gordon set a lengthy list of rules that parents Britney Spears and Kevin Federline must follow in order to retain custody of their sons, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1. The list, revealed today, includes the following shared requirements for the former couple:
- Neither Brit nor K-fed can take Sean and Jayden out of state without the written consent of the other.
- The exes cannot make derogatory statements about each other.
- Both parents must complete the "Parenting Without Conflict" program.
- Each party is restrained from using corporal punishment with the children or allowing anyone else to.
- They are required to engage in joint co-parenting counseling.
- Neither party may consume alcohol or non-prescription controlled substances 12 hours prior to taking custody of the children.
- They must ensure that any prospective childcare professionals hold valid Red Cross infant CPR training.
- Attend individual counseling at least once a week to address parenting issues.
- Meet with a parenting coach for a minimum of 8 hours a week, in at least two sessions a week. The coach is to observe her parenting skills and her interaction with her sons and provide Federline with a written progress report by October 22.
- And, "based on the evidence presented, the Court finds that there is a habitual, frequent, and continuous use of controlled substances by Petitioner [Spears]," will have to undergo testing for controlled substances and alcohol. The testing shall be conducted twice per week on random dates and times, and the results will be forwarded to the court.
Federline's attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, tells PEOPLE, "It would appear the court wanted to stabilize the status quo, but also implement orders that give as much protection to the kids until the court has the benefit of the ... evaluations." Kaplan adds: "Kevin is happy the case is moving forward in a positive direction."
Despite the extensive orders, Spears and Federline's current custody arrangement of 50-50 has not changed, the documents and attorneys for both sides confirm. Federline, however, is seeking primary physical custody of the two children.