Friday, August 31, 2007

Britney And Kevin Drama Part 1

Documents from Monday's Federline v Spears hearing were released today after both parties agreed on what elements to remove from public record. At the August 27 hearing, lawyers for Britney Spears asked a judge for a continuance on the former couple's custody case in order to give both parties more time to "conduct and complete their discovery." Kevin Federline is seeking primary custody of sons Sean Preston, 23 months, and Jayden James, 11 months.

In her letter to the court, Britney's attorney Laura Wasser says that Kevin Federline's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, had scheduled depositions with the subpoenaed witnesses despite being aware that she would be unable to attend. Additionally, Wasser submitted a letter written to Kaplan on August 15 asking for the offices to cooperate in "the service of third-party subpoenas," explaining that it would eliminate "the need for either office to chase potential witnesses, which would only cause more unnecessary fees and unwanted media attention to this matter." The letter was written after lawyers for Federline had served Alli Sims, Daimon Shippen and Shannon Funk.

In Kaplan's opposition to Wasser's request for a continuance, he claims he had already offered a continuance, under certain restrictions, which was rejected by Spears' team. Kaplan also states that Britney did not attend a scheduled deposition on August 20 because her lawyer was on vacation. Despite requesting that the meeting be rescheduled, Kaplan alleges that he never heard back. He goes on to accuse Wasser of "stonewalling" the discovery with her difficult schedule. The documents reveal that in addition to the witnesses already served, Federline's team plans to subpoena Christine Hallet, Spears' former nanny, and Dr. Betty Wyman, her "designated sober companion." Finally, Kaplan requests that Britney cover Kevin's legal expenses, citing her average monthly income of $737,868 dollars, and the imminent end of Kevin's $20,000 dollars a month in spousal support, on November 15, 2007. According to the documents, Kevin "has no net income after business expenses." A decision on the request for continuance will be made when both parties are next in court, on September 4.


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