Family attorneys in Pasadena have seen dozens of cases like the custody agreement of Britney Spears and ex-husband Kevin Federline. Many times, an ex like Spears has a mental illness or substance addiction which causes the other parent to seek full custody. After a widely-documented breakdown, Spears lost custody of her two children in 2008. Now, more than two years later, sources close to the star say she is ready to fight to change her custody agreement with Federline.
The 28-year-old singer, who most recently was seen on a much-buzzed-about episode of the hit TV series Glee, currently sees her two sons, five-year-old Sean Preston and four-year-old Jayden James, on a limited basis. As part of Federline having full custody of the two boys, Spears pays her ex-husband an estimated $15,000 per month to take care of them. While the pair remains amicable, close friends of the star say she's ready to play a bigger role in her children's lives. Federline, however, wants to keep the children in his care.
"At first, Britney thought it was because he was afraid of losing the money, so she offered him an out-of-court settlement, meaning he'd get the money regardless of who the boys live with," a source close to the family told Closer magazine. "But he's told her he fears she's still too unstable and could go off the rails again."
Even though Britney has had her share of drama over the last few years, custody of her kids may still be a possibility. Spears, who remains under the court-ordered conservatorship of her father Jamie Spears, is said to have made significant progress since her very public meltdown. With a career back on track and a new romance with Jason Trawick, Britney's life appears to be miles away from the events that led to her children being taken from her. Her father assumed control of both his daughter's personal health and finances in 2008 and reportedly is staying in his daughter's life for the foreseeable future.