Britney Spears has regained visitation rights with her children.
Her lawyer Anne Kiley told The Associated Press on Sunday (October 21), “Yes, she has visitation with the children.”
The singer was seen driving with her two sons — Sean Preston and Jayden James — on Saturday, according to photos obtained by the magazine and TMZ.com. An unidentified woman, possibly the court-appointed monitor who had been ordered to accompany Spears during the visits, is pictured in the front seat of the singer’s white Mercedes convertible. Spears was driving in Studio City, California, according to People.
While the news may come as a surprise, it was not completely unanticipated. Last week, Mark Vincent Kaplan, an attorney for Spears’ ex-husband, Kevin Federline, said he expected her to become involved in the lives of her sons after she complied with part of a court order she previously had not met. Her initial failure to comply with the order led to a suspension of her visitation rights with them on Wednesday.
Kaplan also confirmed last week that Spears and Federline were about to start attending co-parenting therapy sessions, as required by the court, and had begun evaluations by a third party as to the quality of their parenting skills, also as required by the court. Even so, legal experts said Spears would have to go the extra mile if she wanted to see her own children without a court-appointed monitor.
On October 11, Spears was given one monitored overnight visit per week with her sons after having lost the right to see her children unsupervised the previous week. The singer’s lawyer had requested an emergency hearing that to see if the judge in Spears’ custody case would extend her visitation time with her two sons to include overnight stays, since she had passed her first week of random drug tests.
For a timeline of Spears’ chaotic activity in recent years, check out “Britney Spears And Parenting: A Timeline Of Tumult.”
[This story was originally published on 10.21.07 at 3:05 p.m. ET.]