Friday, March 7, 2008

Daddy Spears Stays In Charge Till July 31st

Jamie Spears will remain in control of his daughter Britney Spears's finances and other aspects of the pop star's life until July 31, a judge ruled Wednesday in an unscheduled hearing. No reporters were present for the proceedings, although two sources confirm to PEOPLE that Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz extended the temporary conservatorship that had been ordered on Februrary 4, during Britney's second stint in a psychiatric facility.

"I can confirm that the order was issued this afternoon, but I don't know the attorneys' motives," Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini tells PEOPLE. The temporary conservatorship had been scheduled to expire March 10. Hearings are still scheduled before Goetz on that date and on March 17, sources say.

Jamie Spears has been overseeing his daughter's well-being and her estimated $100 million fortune since February 1, when Goetz named him and Andrew Wallet temporary co-conservators, giving them the right to employ bodyguards and restrict her visitors. A source close to Britney says she's okay with her dad being in control.

On February 23, she was allowed to spend time with her sons Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 17 months, for the first time since her January 3 standoff with the police, and she has had regular visits since. "She is getting along well with her father and enjoying the closeness and support of her family," says a source.


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