Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Some Court Updates About Last Friday

Pic: Sorrell Trope

From tmz.com: Minute order from last Friday

Britney’s Lawyer Files Request to End Her Random Drug Testing
Tuesday October 30, 2007

Britney Spears’ attorney filed a motion to change the singer’s twice-weekly random drug testing at a hearing for her ongoing custody battle with ex Kevin Federline October 26 in L.A. Superior Court, according to court papers released Tuesday.

According to the papers, her attorney had filed the request before, but Federline’s attorney opposed it October 25. At their hyped-up hearing Friday, Spears’ attorney filed another request to terminate or modify the court order.

A judge has yet to issue a ruling.

L.A. Court Commissioner Scott M. Gordon was also given Spears' parenting coach's report to review, according to the order.

It is the latest update in the ex-couple's increasingly complicated custody battle.

On September 17, Gordon dubbed Spears a "habitual" drug and alcohol user and ordered her to undergo twice-weekly random drug testing. He also ordered Spears and Federline to participate in joint co-parenting counseling. Spears was also ordered to undergo individual counseling at least once a week.

In addition, the pair were required to enroll in a Parenting Without Conflict program (Us reported they attended the first session October 24 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.)

On October 1, Spears, who had up until this point shared 50-50 custody with Federline, temporarily lost of custody because, her attorney said at the time, she was accused of not taking a random drug and alcohol test and and could not provide a California driver's license.

Spears was granted visits with her boys with a court-appointed monitor October 3. She was then awarded one monitored overnight visit a week October 11.

However, Spears was stripped of visitation rights October 17 because she did not answer her court-mandated cell phone for a required conference call, a source told Us. (The source claimed her Malibu home did not have reliable reception.)

By October 20, Spears had regained visitation rights with the presence of a court monitor.

Spears and Federline are due back in court November 26 — the same day as her hearing for a misdemeanor count of driving without a California driver's license — where a judge will review a complete report from the court-appointed monitor.

Source: usmagazine.com

Court Papers Reveal Britney's Parenting Coach Testified
TUESDAY OCTOBER 30, 2007 12:40 PM EDT
By Ken Lee

Britney Spears's parenting coach, Lisa Hacker, testified at Friday's hearing, a newly released court document revealed Tuesday.

The document shows that Hacker was sworn in and testified in person, and her report was also submitted into evidence.

Asked whether the report was critical of Spears, her attorney Sorrell Trope replied: "There were some negative things, and some positive, but the beneficial things far outweighed the negative."

The document also shows that on Oct. 25 and 26, Spears's attorneys filed two last-minute requests to the court seeking "modification to drug testing," but no details were given. The singer is currently subjected to twice-weekly random tests for drugs and alcohol.

The newly released papers contain scant detail. The commissioner's complete ruling is expected later Tuesday.

Spears and her ex-husband, Kevin Federline, are currently undergoing co-parenting counseling and classes together. Their next hearing is Nov. 26.

Trope tells PEOPLE that he remains "absolutely confident that Ms. Spears will eventually regain 50-50 custody."

Currently, Federline retains physical custody of their children, Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, while Spears has monitored visitation rights.

Source: people.com

Britney and K-Fed's Custody Hearing -- Blow by Blow
Posted Oct 30th 2007 11:57AM by TMZ Staff

TMZ has obtained the minute order from last Friday's hearing, giving a detailed account of what went down in court on Friday.

While the judge has yet to issue his ruling, the minute order indicates he was given the parenting coach's report to review. As we first reported, that report did not paint a flattering picture of Britney.

Source: tmz.com

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I guess we'll just have to wait and see what the judge thinks. Obviously what happened can be spun in different ways.