Judge to Brit -- You're Too Chaotic, Custody Denied
Posted Oct 30th 2007 5:10PM by TMZ Staff
The decision is in -- Britney Spears has not regained custody of her kids.
Issuing his order today, Commissioner Scott Gordon gave Spears two visits total per week, one from 12:00 Noon to 7:00 PM and one overnight visit. The visits will be monitored.
Spears and K-Fed are ordered to figure out holiday schedules with the kids.
Britney must submit evidence that she childproofed her pool area by Friday.
In the order, the Commish wrote that when Britney has the kids, "the environment at the house ranged from chaotic to almost somber with little communication at all." The Commish also recounts what the parenting coach complained of -- that "during all three of my visits, Ms. Spears rarely engaged with the children in either conversation or play."
The coach also said Spears seemed to have "a lack of general attention at times" but there was nothing she would characterize as "abusive in a traditional sense."
And then the most damning comment from the parenting coach: "The problem is that unless Ms. Spears realizes the consequences of her behavior and the impact that it has [on] her children, nothing is going to be successful."
Britney's Visitation Rights Scaled Back
TUESDAY OCTOBER 30, 2007 05:35 PM EDT
By Ken Lee
Britney Spears's parenting coach says the singer "rarely engaged with [her] children in either conversation or play" during their monitored time together – but improved by the last visit.
The revelation is included in court documents released Tuesday, which also show that the singer's visits with her kids are being scaled back.
She will only have access to her sons twice a week for the time being. She previously had access to them roughly ever other day.
The two visits, which will be monitored, will only occur from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on one day, with an overnight from 12 p.m. to 10 a.m. on another day.
The new documents also reveal some damning statements by Lisa Hacker, Spears's parenting coach. For one, Spears missed three appointments with the coach.
"The problem is that unless [Spears] realizes the consequences of her behavior and the impact that it has on her children," Hacker says, "nothing is going to be successful." The singer also showed a "lack of general attention at times."
The coach does, however, concede that Spears "loves her children and the children are bonded to [Spears]."
Hacker also expresses concern that "many of [Spears's] interactions with the children are not child-centered. It seems that her choices are dependent more on what [she] wants to do rather than what would be more enjoyable for the children."
The coach added that "during all three of my visits [Spears] rarely engaged with the children in either conversation or play," but that the singer improved by the last visit.
It was also revealed that neither of Spears's homes are child-proofed. L.A. Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon ordered the singer do so by Nov. 2.
The former couple's next hearing is Nov. 26.
Spears and her ex-husband, Kevin Federline, are currently undergoing co-parenting counseling and classes together.
For now, Federline retains physical custody of their children, Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1. He is seeking a final arrangement in which he'd have primary custody of his sons, a legal tussle which could take months.