Britney Spears and Kevin Federline’s lawyers met to “refine certain areas” of their custody agreement yesterday (24.09.07).
The unscheduled court hearing comes just days after the Gimme More singer’s former bodyguard spoke out about her drug use and his fears for the welfare of her children with ex-husband Kevin.
Kevin’s attorney Mark V. Kaplan said outside the court: “This hearing is to refine certain areas of the judge’s previous order in the case.”
Britney’s attorney Sorrell Trope confirmed the court session related to the custody arrangements for two-year-old Sean Preston and one-year-old Jayden James, but both lawyers refused to elaborate.
On Friday (21.09.07), city prosecutors charged Britney with misdemeanour counts of hit-and-run and driving without a valid licence, claiming she smashed her car into another vehicle in a parking lot on 6 August.
If convicted, Britney could face up to six months in jail and a USD1,000 fine for each count.
The first hearing relating to the charges is scheduled for 10 October, but Britney is not required to appear.
Kaplan said he does not expect the filing of the driving charges to have any impact on the scheduled hearing dates on Kevin’s request to increase his custody time with his sons.
He and Britney currently have equal custody but he has requested the division be changed to give him care of the children 70 per cent of the time.
Kaplan said the first hearing date is set for 26 November, but the second date has been delayed from 18 December to early January.
Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon – who held yesterday’s in-chambers session with the lawyers – last week ordered Britney to undergo random testing twice a week after finding she is involved in “habitual, frequent and continuous use of controlled substances and alcohol.”
She must also attend parenting lessons.