Britney Spears and Kevin Federline are set to face each other in court for the first time Friday. A judge has ordered the ex-couple to appear for a progress-report hearing in their custody battle.
L.A. Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon will be hearing from various custody experts involved in the case.
For now, Federline retains physical custody of sons Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1. Spears has monitored visitation rights, and one overnight per week with her children.
The judge is not expected to reinstate the 50-50 custody arrangement that was in place before the judge stripped Spears of custody and allowed only visitation.
"At best, she may get unmonitored visits and more overnight privileges," says family law attorney Scott Weston, who's not involved with either party. "This case is still in the early stages and could go on for months."
On Wednesday, Spears, 25, and Federline, 29, attended their first court-mandated Parenting Without Conflict session at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
The couple are also undergoing joint co-parenting counseling. Spears is still subject to twice-weekly random drug tests.
Security Tight for Britney Spears Custody Hearing
Posted Oct 25th 2007 7:38PM by TMZ Staff
K-Fed and BritneyThe custody battle between Britney Spears and K-Fed heats up tomorrow morning, and the court isn't taking any chances, y'all.
According to court officials:
"A second weapons screen station will be set up on the eighth floor tomorrow between the elevators and Department 88. Cell phones, recording devices and cameras will not be permitted past the weapons screen or in Department 88. Reporters are urged to make other arrangements for their cell phones. Anyone who has a cell phone with them when they go through the weapons screen on the eighth floor must give it to the deputies before they will be allowed past. Deputies will then provide a claim slip, or receipt, to retrieve the phone later. Individuals who do not have business in the courtrooms on the eighth floor and do not have a seat in Department 88 will not be allowed to congregate in the hallway."
TMZ will have a live streaming video at the court house, starting at 3:00 PM EDT.
X17 will have their cameras on at the LA Superior Court this afternoon at live at noon PDT.