Britney Spears Loses Custody Of Children

By SANDY COHEN
AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Britney Spears was ordered Monday to surrender custody of her children to ex-husband Kevin Federline.

Superior Court Judge Scott M. Gordon ruled that Federline will take custody of Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, beginning Wednesday "until further order of the court."

The order stemmed from an unspecified oral motion made by Federline's attorneys and was handled in a closed-door hearing. The judge's order didn't state the reason for the change in custody and all transcripts of the proceedings were ordered sealed.

Phone messages left for representatives of Spears and Federline were not immediately returned Monday.

Last month, Gordon said Spears engaged in "habitual, frequent and continuous use of controlled substances and alcohol." He ordered the pop star to undergo random drug and alcohol testing twice a week as part of her ongoing custody dispute with Federline.

Spears also was previously ordered to meet weekly with a "parenting coach" who was to observe and report back to the court about her parenting skills. Both Spears and Federline must complete the court's "Parenting Without Conflict" class.

Spears, 25, and Federline, 29, were wed in October 2004. She filed for divorce last November and it became official in July. The two have joint custody of their sons, but Federline is seeking a greater share of custody.

Since Spears became single, her troubles have played out in the tabloids. First she was photographed at various Hollywood hotspots partying with Paris Hilton. Some photos captured Spears without panties. Then Spears shaved her head, beat a car with an umbrella and ended up spending a month in rehab.

An MTV Video Music Awards performance last month meant to herald her comeback was universally panned. The following week, Spears' management firm dropped her and her divorce lawyer resigned.

She then was charged with misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run and driving without a valid license for allegedly crashing into a
parked car in August.

Spears' new album will be released Nov. 13.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by c Location: fkt on Oct 4, 2007 at 05:41 AM
    Spears is a SPOIL RICH BRAT! who thinks she can do whatever and get by with it! But like the rest of you said, WHO CARES?? This is not local news! Keep this stuff in the Enquirer where it belongs!
  • by johnny Location: evarts on Oct 4, 2007 at 04:35 AM
    i will agre with peggy.to much media i bet if it were you or i you would have heard about it only one time
  • by Anonymous on Oct 3, 2007 at 03:24 PM
    I have no idea this made the local news..it's tabloid material. It's not like there's not enough bad parenting going on in this area. Some people rich or poor have no idea what a precious gift that a child is and it's a wonderful thing when you do it right. Not every parent understands that.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Oct 3, 2007 at 10:49 AM
    I don't know if I will be able to sleep again until she has her babies back. I think I'll go buy more Kleenex now, for all of the tears...
  • by Rob Location: Anders on Oct 3, 2007 at 07:36 AM
    I was just wondering why this is even news.....who cares!!!!This type of crap needs to stay with the Enquirer,not my local news....again....who really cares.We just had a family that in the state that completely lived in feces,and they got there kids back...I can almost guarantee she didn't do anything that horrible...then again,this really isn't even news,it is tabloid garbage!!!!!
  • by Peggy Location: Ky on Oct 3, 2007 at 03:54 AM
    nnunya-whatever...I never said she didnt bring some of this on herself.I also never said she was perfect,either,or that she should be treated any different than any other mother doing as she has.I said the whole situation is sad.It is.I never said sad for whom, but to put your mind at ease,I meant the children.And youre right...alot of celebrities do live'under the radar'.Still,does that mean you or anyone else has a right to think you know everything thats said about the girl is true?It's not just her that Im saying this about the media.They are on a constant vigil hoping to catch the downfalls and mistakes that all celebrities make and then people like you act as though you are so much holier than thou and have a right to stick your noses up their asses.Another point -you say K-Fed(how sweet)is not a crazt basta**,how do you know?Do you know him personally?Maybe you think that because a camera ISN"T shoved in his face as often.
  • by nnunya Location: lex on Oct 2, 2007 at 11:26 AM
    Please Peggy, she's a celebrity and knew she would have constant media attention from the moment she stepped into the limelight. Does that "pressure" mean she should get preferential treatment? Absolutely not! If this were a local woman who was doing all this stuff with her two kids in tow, you'd be screaming 'lock her up and throw away the key', but just because she's a celebrity you're eready to jump down the media's throat in her defense? I'm NOT judging her, what she was doing WAS inappropriate, or else she wouldn't have had the children taken away. She asked for the attention and now she's got it. There are plenty of other celebrities who manage to live below the radar, she could to, but she's an attention (edited), so she gets what she deserves. Kudos to the judge for taking those kids out of a potentially dangerous situation. I do agree with you on one point, Peg- K-fed may not be much better. But at least he's not Bat**** crazy.
  • by Jeb Location: Ky on Oct 2, 2007 at 05:50 AM
    I only came here to leave a comment and could care less about reading about these jerks. Neither Brittney nor her ex will ever be a candidate for Parent of the Year Award, so why should we care. It's like taking the babies from one incompetent person and handing them over to another. What a joke. Poor kids will never be normal.
  • by everybody Location: everywhere on Oct 2, 2007 at 05:08 AM
    WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Peggy Location: Ky on Oct 1, 2007 at 04:02 PM
    This whole situation is so sad.I know this woman has used bad judgment,but the dad isn't a saint,either.I bet if a camera followed him around every move he made,we'd see alot of crap from him,too.It seems the media is out to destroy this young woman.I know she's not blameless,but how many of us could stand to have a camera shoved in our face everytime we walked out our door?I know if it happened to me,heck,to any of us-I can guarantee some would find us doing things they may think inapropriate or not using good judgment.That's all this is-judging her;easy to do.The majority that do judge really don't know what is going on in her life;they read some tabloid,or watch some show,and assume it's all true. We're all only human.I hope the best for Britney,and her children.Maybe this is what she needs,in order to get her life back in order.She needs to take this time to go out of the public eye and put herself back together.Hopefully,she will come back a better mother and reclaim her stardom.
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