Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Britney is told no
Poor thing I hope she gets it together.
Britney does not get visitation
Britney Spears has not seen her toddler boys, Sean Preston, two and a half, and Jayden James, one and a half, since January 3 after a high-profile standoff with police over handing them over to their father for a scheduled visit. While Britney’s first ex-husband has said that she has confided in him that she does not want full custody or responsibility for the boys, and thinks that she can just have more children later on if she feels the need, she does want to see them. Their father, Kevin Federline, is said to be advocating that Britney should have supervised visitation, always with one of her parent’s present.
There was a custody hearing in Britney’s case yesterday, in which she was represented by a new lawyer because her old firm couldn’t reportedly deal with how uncooperative she was. Lawyers tried to work out an arrangement in which Britney would get some kind of supervised visitation with her children, but TMZ reports that talks fell through and no agreement was reached. That means that, for now, she will not be able to see them. The tabloids reported this week that she does talk to them on the phone, but at that age it’s not much. Maybe she can arrange for K-Fed to set up a webcam so she can see them at least, if she wants to.
Britney has been under her father’s supervision by court order, and has hired a new lawyer to help her fight her dad’s conservatorship, claiming that it violates her civil rights. She is trying to get her conservatorship case moved from LA County to Federal court. Her new lawyer, who may not be recognized by the court because she technically doesn’t have the right to hire her own attorney as that is reserved for her conservator, says that “These are issues of confinement. Very serious confinement. Not allowed to contact her friends. Not allowed to use the phone. Not allowed to come and go as you please. Bodyguards controlling you and so forth.”
Britney looks like she’s doing moderately better, and was seen going out for sushi on Monday night. She even gave the paps a crotch shot, just like the old days.
I don’t know what the solution could be for this woman other than being cared for by her father until she is stable enough to take baby steps on her own. She doesn’t seem able to care for herself, and she was the victim of someone who was drugging her food, denying access to her cars and phones, and by some accounts stealing her money. Now her father is making sure that she stays safe and isn’t taken advantage of, and that requires some confinement. She’s not mentally stable, so it seems like her options are continuing to have someone monitor her, or going to a mental hospital. If she gets full control of her affairs back at this point it doesn’t seem like it would bode well for her.