Just one week after her visitation rights with her sons were expanded, Britney Spears has lost the right to be with them yet again.
Legal representatives for the singer and her ex-husband, Kevin Federline, had an ex-parte hearing for an hour on Wednesday with Commissioner Scott M. Gordon, the judge in the couple’s custody case. The emergency hearing — for which neither Spears nor Federline were present — was held at the request of Federline’s attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan, who one week ago criticized Spears for requesting an emergency hearing to get overnight stays with her two children.
According to a court document released Thursday (October 18), Kaplan’s request that Spears lose custody was granted. “[Spears'] visitation with minor children is suspended pending [her] compliance with court orders,” the document reads. The orders are not specified in the document, as the hearing was closed and the rest of the transcript is sealed.
Spears and Federline are both required to be present for the next hearing in the custody dispute, to be held October 26. Gordon has requested that, at the hearing, the parenting coach have a report ready to share with the court on Spears’ progress. Spears was previously ordered to partake in random drug testing, individual counseling and parenting coaching, while also attending joint co-parenting counseling and re-enrolling in a Parenting Without Conflict program with Federline.
Spears was temporarily stripped of custody on October 1 and was later granted visitation rights approximately every other day with Sean Preston and Jayden James, so long as a court-appointed monitor would be present. Last week, the couple’s lawyers compromised outside of the courtroom to give the singer one overnight visit per week, since she had made progress by passing her first week of random drug tests.
Spears’ attorney did not return requests for comment by press time.
For a timeline of Spears’ chaotic activity in recent years, check out “Britney Spears And Parenting: A Timeline Of Tumult.”