Thursday, October 4, 2007
Kevin Keeps Kids/Brit Gets Supervised Visitation
Lawyers for Britney Spears and Kevin Federline were in court Wednesday for the second hearing of the week regarding custody of the former couple's two sons, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1. While Britney received the news at her Beverly Hills home, Kevin (wearing a patch over one eye) was present in court when Judge Scott M. Gordon ruled to uphold his October 1 decision to grant Kevin full custody until further court order. Britney has been given visitation rights, but she will have to be supervised.
While leaving the courtroom, Britney’s attorney Sorrell Trope told reporters, "I'm not going to say anything. It's totally inappropriate from my perspective to make comments on an active case without my client's expressed consent, and she is not here." Kevin's lawyer Mark Kaplan told the press, “The orders were justified and [Kevin]’s pleased with the orders in place." The October 1 decision was due to Britney’s inability to produce a valid driver's license and failure to submit to a drug test. The tests are a condition of the couple's shared custody agreement, along with mandatory counseling and parenting classes.
In an effort to regain custody, Britney got her California license (she had been licensed in Louisiana) on Tuesday, and had friend Sam Lutfi arrange a drug test. Lutfi told Us "[Britney] is hoping the judge will reverse the order Wednesday, now that she is making steps to follow through with what they asked." Though Kevin's court ordered custody did not go into effect until noon today, Britney dropped the children off with him on Monday afternoon, before heading to a tanning salon. Both Britney and Kevin must be present at the next hearing, on October 26.