K-Fed appears at LA hearing in custody dispute with Britney Spears
AP Entertainment Writer
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
LOS ANGELES (AP) ” Kevin Federline appeared in family law court Wednesday for a hearing following a decision earlier this week that temporarily gave him custody of his two sons with Britney Spears.
Spears, 25, was not present when Federline, 29, stood and was sworn in by a court clerk. The hearing before Commissioner Scott M. Gordan began behind closed doors. Attorneys for both sides were present.
Flanked by bodyguards, Federline arrived in a blue suit and wearing a black patch over his right eye, covered by a pair of sunglasses. He spoke with his lawyers before the hearing got under way.
Spears and Federline previously had shared custody of the boys.
But Monday’s court order for Spears to temporarily surrender 2-year-old Sean Preston and 1-year-old Jayden James to Federline came after the pop star failed to produce a California driver’s license and allegedly missed a drug and alcohol test as ordered by the court, her lawyer, Sorrell Trope, told People magazine.
A temporary driver’s license was issued to Spears late Tuesday in Santa Monica, California Department of Motor Vehicles spokesman Mike Marando said Wednesday.
“She has completed her requirements for a driver’s license,” he said.
Among her recent problems, Spears was charged with misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run and driving without a valid license for allegedly crashing into a parked car in August.
Spears and Federline were married in October 2004. She filed for divorce last November and it became official in July.
Gordon previously ordered Spears to undergo random drug and alcohol testing twice a week after the court found she engages in “habitual, frequent and continuous use of controlled substances and alcohol.”
He also previously ordered Spears to meet weekly with a “parenting coach” who was to report back to the court about her skills. Both Spears and Federline must complete the court’s “Parenting Without Conflict” class.
Spears has spiraled seemingly out of control since splitting with Federline, who also has a son and daughter with former girlfriend Shar Jackson. First she hit the Hollywood party circuit, where she was photographed several times sans underwear. Then she volleyed in and out of rehab, shaved her head, beat a car with an umbrella and eventually spent a month at the posh Promises rehab clinic in Malibu.
An MTV Video Music Awards performance intended as a comeback was panned, with Spears appearing lethargic. The following week, her management firm dropped her and her divorce lawyer resigned.
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