Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The custody ruling for Kevin and Britney is in

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."

Source: tmz.com

Britney's Visitation Rights Scaled Back
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.

Source: people.com


Anonymous said...

Sounds like TMZ pretty much nailed it when they reported what the parenting coach said. If Britney wants things to change she better be ready to prove herself over the long haul.

Anonymous said...

That pretty much matches my impression of Britney, and what others have said. It's not so much that she sets out to harm the kids, she just has no concept that the world doesn't revolve around her.

Who knows, maybe over several months things will get better.

Anonymous said...

TMZ is wrong when they say she gets two total visits. She gets 3 a week, two of which are for 7 hours each and one overnight. Technically, since the previous order had her seeing the children from 10-3, which is 5 hours...three days a week...she pretty much came out with the same. 14 hours a week, plus one 24 hour visit.

What TMZ doesn't mention is that the parenting coach does say she is improving ( via the last visit which isn't mentioned in the report) and that she doesn't harm nor intend to harm the children...she just needs guidance on what to do!

If Britney continues with positive meetings like her final one last week and continues for the next month to do well with testing...there is no reason come Nov 26..that she cannot get even more visitation.

Kelly said...

Wow, Britney needs to get her act together, and if the thing is that she can't handle parenting the kids it would be best if she let them be with their father and she have visitation when she wants, it's not fair for those boys, she might not harm them physically, but they're been harm none the less, she might not mean to do it but it's happening.

And I think the coach is right abut her putting her needs before the boys, everytime she's photograph with the boys she's always doing her thing, nothing that would entertain a child.

I hope the commissioner let the monitoring comtinue, Sean is 2 and Jayden is 1, if Britney has just started interacting with them in the last week then she really needs that monitor around to guide her and teach her a few more things.

For the commissioner to only give her two days a week,(which works out to roughly 17hrs a week) is saying something, like the less time the boys spent with her the better and if her behavior/actions don't improve she will completely lose her 50% she had with them.

Kelly said...

^^my correction- 3days,(roughly 24hrs a week).

Anonymous said...

^ Correction she gets them for 36 hours a week....14 divided into 2 days (which is 7 if you don't know) and a 24 hour visit.

Anonymous said...

2 or 3 visits a week, it's not a major point here and doesn't change what the parenting coach has said or what the judge thinks about it.

It's good that she's improved in the last visit, but all it says to me at this point is that she is finally listening to her lawyer and getting some clue as to what she needs to do. But with all the monitoring and coaching and counseling - over time I might be more convinced that she has actually learned something if she keeps it up.

TMZ nailed it before today - a few days ago (before Friday) they were talking about the report.

Anonymous said...

Poor kids, they are stuck between a rock (crack rock, in KFraud's case) and a hard place (Britney's hard head and self-centeredness).

Anonymous said...

how much he sold that pic to tmz?

Erik said...

I honestly have to approve to myself that kevin is no good for this kind of crap in the begin with -

Firstly he should have not done this in the begin with - 50 /50 or joint custody would have been fine - Then the court case would be closed.

Let's all move on with this and get this over with now - and stop dragging this out - Nasty ugly custody case is the not long haul, all he cares about his the money -

We all knew he was after that when he dated/married her -