Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Hope She Does Right by Those Babies...

Britney Spears allowed monitored visits to sons three times a week

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- A court commissioner granted Britney Spears three monitored visits a week with her two small sons while ordering the pop star to childproof her house and work out a schedule for the visits with her ex-husband, Kevin Federline, according to a ruling made Tuesday.
Federline, Spears

Britney Spears must work out a schedule for the visits with her ex-husband, Kevin Federline.

Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon also required that Spears undergo random weekly drug and alcohol tests.

Spears, 25, also must continue meeting with a court-appointed parenting coach, and the youngsters must be in car seats when they are being driven, the ruling states.

Calls to lawyers representing Spears and Federline weren't immediately returned.

The nine-page ruling said Spears could have overnight visits with her kids -- something she had been seeking. She will get two visits a week from noon to 7 p.m. and one from noon to 10 a.m. the next morning.

The order also cited some details of an Oct. 19 report submitted by parenting coach Lisa Hacker about her observations of Spears with her children.

The report makes it clear that Hacker feels Spears "loves her children and the children are bonded" to her, the ruling states.

However, Hacker was concerned that Spears didn't seem to have "child-centered" interactions, according to the ruling.

The "environment at the house ranged from chaotic to almost somber with little communication at all," Hacker reported, according to the ruling.

During all three of her visits, Spears "rarely engaged with the children in either conversation or play," Hacker said in her report.

Hacker also reported that Spears seemed to have a "lack of general attention at times" but added there was nothing she "would characterize as abusive in a traditional sense."

Hacker added that during an additional visit Oct. 23, Spears seemed "much more engaged with [Hacker] and the children," the ruling stated.

The ruling came after a three-hour hearing last Friday attended by Spears and Federline. Extensive testimony was presented on a number of issues.

Gordon previously said there was evidence that Spears is a "habitual, frequent and continuous" user of drugs and alcohol.

He had withdrawn approval for her to even visit the children after finding she had failed to comply with some conditions for shared custody.

He later withdrew the ban and allowed her to visit Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1 -- but only in the presence of a court-approved monitor.

Spears had filed a request Friday to "terminate or modify" the order, according to court records.

Additional details about the request weren't disclosed.
Those babies need Brit, whether she realizes it or not.
I truly hope she does the right thing-get her priorities straight.
It's not easy being a parent, but parenthood is a choice.
She chose them, not vice versa.

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