Thursday, October 11, 2007

No Sleepovers for Britney and Her Boys

Today's emergency hearing in the Britney Spears and Kevin Federline custody case has ended without any ruling. After meeting in court, in the cafeteria, and in judge's chambers to discuss Spears' request for overnight visits with her sons Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, supervised by her mother, Lynne Spears, lawyers for both parties have "indicated they need to meet further, and will contact the court at a later date," according to Judge Scott M. Gordon.

Earlier, Gordon questioned the validity of today's "emergency" hearing, which was called by lawyers for Spears, and said that the pop star had put herself in this predicament through her own choices.

The hearing thus reaffirms last week's decision to give Kevin Federline full custody of the former couple's sons, until the exes' next court date on
October 26. Spears is allowed visitation with her boys, but it must be during the day and supervised by a court-appointed monitor.

Federline's attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan told last week, "I do not favor family members as monitors. It's an inherent conflict of interest."

Lawyers for both sides were escorted to a judge's elevator after today's hearing, and declined to comment on the case.


Judge: Britney's "Emotional Issues Could Have Devastating Effects on the Children”

Britney Spears did not make an appearance at her children’s custody court hearing on Thursday morning, which was scheduled at 8:30 a.m. in L.A.

At the hearing, Judge Scott Gordon did not make a ruling on Spears’ request for overnight visitation with sons Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1.

Instead, Gordon told Spears’ attorney, Anne Kiley, that he didn’t consider this an emergency. “Your client (Britney) made a conscious choice not to do anything that was ordered,” Gordon said. That was a choice. That put us in this position."

Kiley disagreed with the judge, arguing, “I do think it is an emergency for a 2 and 1-year-old to be with their mother. I feel it warrants overnights. For a 1 and 2 year old it is developmentally and psychologically traumatizing to have their routine disrupted. They need a normal routine at home. Right now, visitation ends at 3 and at that point they are taking naps and are then woken up from their naps.”

Gordon countered, "I think you are right. These are important times. But at the same time this is a person who is dealing with challenges. And the challenges are substance abuse issues and emotional issues that could have devastating effects on the children."

He then instructed both parties to go and talk things over in the court cafeteria.

On Wednesday, the singer filed an emergency court motion seeking to expand visitation rights with her sons.

The night before the court hearing, Spears left her house after midnight, drove around town, and later arrived at a private house at 2 am. She appears to have stayed in the home through the emergency hearing.


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