Thursday, October 04, 2007

Judge Tightens Orders on Britney Spears

Court order from tmz.com.

Britney Spears must complete three joint counseling sessions with ex-husband Kevin Federline by their next hearing date of Oct. 26, a court ruled Wednesday.

Documents released Thursday reveal other stricter measures L.A. Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon handed down the previous day, particularly pertaining to Spears.

The commissioner specified that "a missed [drug] test, refusal to submit to a test, or failure to respond to the testing agency's call ... shall be deemed by the court as a failed test," the documents read. Spears, 25, is still expected to complete twice-weekly random testing for drugs and alcohol.

Spears was also ordered to complete at least three individual counseling sessions by the next hearing.

With regard to her supervised visitation rights with her two sons, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, "the monitor shall terminate visitation immediately if any conduct or action by [Spears] endangers the minor children," the documents state.

"Monitored visits can occur anywhere, even at Britney's home if she wants," family law attorney Lynn Soodik said. "However, at no time will she be left alone with the kids. Even if mother and child is in the bathroom, or on a ride at Disneyland, the monitor will be there."

According to court representative Allan Parachini, "Britney's access to her kids works out to about every other day." The visits will not necessarily occur consecutively, he said.

The latest rulings were decided after a three-hour, closed-door court session on Wednesday personally attended by Federline, 29. All orders made on Sept. 17 are still in effect.

Both Spears and Federline are required to attend the Oct. 26 hearing.

Source: people.com

For Britney Spears, it is a case of too little, too late. While Judge Scott M. Gordon said at yesterday's hearing that Spears "offered evidence of compliance" with the court's requirements for her to retain custody of sons Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, she "was not in substantial compliance."

For that reason, Gordon stood by his Monday decision to give Kevin Federline custody of the toddlers until further notice. And while Spears has been granted visitation rights, they must be supervised by a court-approved monitor. The document from Wednesday's hearing reads, "The minor children shall remain in the custody of [Federline] with the exception of those specific dates and times as ordered by the Court...Pending the further order of the Court, all visitation shall be in the presence of a monitor. The monitor shall terminate the visitation immediately if any conduct or action by [Spears] endangers the minor children."

Before the next hearing (which both Spears and Federline are required to attend) is held on October 26, at 1:30 p.m., the court mandates that Spears, 25, must attend three counseling sessions. Additionally, the order reasserts the drug testing requirement set forth on September 17: "The Court expressly indicates that a missed test, refusal to submit to a test or failure to respond to the testing agency’s call...shall be deemed by the Court as a failed test.”

Source: usmagazine.com

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