Does Britney Spears have custody of her kids? The singer has been in an ongoing legal battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline over their sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James. However, the singer and her ex have both said Britney no longer regularly sees her sons. Learn about their family’s situation below.
Why Did Britney Lose Custody of Her Kids?
The “Toxic” singer gave birth to her oldest son Sean Preston, who goes by Preston, in September 2005. Jayden was born almost exactly one year later in September 2006.
Two months following their second child’s birth, in November 2006, Britney filed for divorce from K-Fed, citing irreconcilable differences. In a temporary agreement, the Grammy winner was granted custody of her sons with three days of visitation from their dad.
Britney began exhibiting erratic behavior, which came to a head during her downward spiral in 2007. At the time, a full-blown media circus surrounded the struggling singer. The events in her life led to her losing custody of her kids and being placed under the conservatorship of her father, Jamie Spears.
Where Does Their Custody Agreement Stand Today?
In 2019, the “Gimme More” singer was granted 30 percent custody of Sean Preston and Jayden. It was reported by multiple outlets in the years that followed that Britney was fighting for 50/50 custody.
However, in August, Britney accused her sons of acting “hateful” toward her and said they do not visit her regularly.
“There’s being rude then there’s being HATEFUL. They would visit me, walk in the door, go straight to their room and lock the door!!!” Britney wrote via Instagram on August 10. “The MONITOR would tell me that he just likes to be in his room. I’m like why come visit me if they don’t even visit me!!!”
The songstress said her sons previously came over two or three days a week, but eventually, they “stopped coming” to her home. “I wanted them to love me so much that I might have overdone it!!!” she wrote, adding that she found Preston and Jayden’s actions “pretty harsh.”
Britney’s comments were spurred by Kevin claiming during an ITV interview that their boys have chosen “not to see her” for “a few months,” and they decided not to attend her June wedding to Sam Asghari.
What Does Kevin Federline Have to Say?
The dancer’s attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, told E! News that although the current custody agreement is in favor of Kevin, it’s not a reflection of Britney as a mother.
“Kevin in no way wants to prevent the boys from having any unreasonable custodial contact with their mom,” the lawyer said in March 2020. “The boys love their mother but the existing [custody] arrangement, as reflected in the terms of the most recently entered order, are reflecting what Kevin believes is in the children’s best interest.”
Things took an ugly turn in August after Britney’s social media rant. Kevin took to his own Instagram and shared alleged videos of his ex arguing with their kids.
“I can not sit back and let my sons be accused in this way after what they’ve been through. As much as it hurts us, we decided as a family to post these videos,” he captioned the clips, noting that their sons were 11 and 12 at the time the videos were taken.
He added, “This isn’t even the worst of it. The lies have to stop. I hope our kids grow up to be better than this.”
Does Britney’s Conservatorship Affect Her Custody Battle?
Mark previously spoke about Britney’s conservatorship following the 2019 70/30 custody ruling.
“The conservatorship being in place was one of the conditions of the custody early on, and so far, that adds a layer of structure that hasn’t been changed in quite a while, which is consistent in the best interest of the kids,” the attorney said at the time. He noted nothing in the conservatorship “has caused an issue on custodial arrangements.”
On June 23, 2021, Britney spoke in court on her own behalf against her conservatorship, urging the judge to give her back control over her own life. “I’ve lied and told the whole world I’m OK and I’m happy,” the “Circus” artist admitted to the judge during an impassioned statement. “If I said that enough, maybe I’d become happy … I’m in shock. I’m traumatized … I’m so angry it’s insane.”
Jamie was suspended from his duties during a court hearing held via Zoom on September 29, following Britney’s request to terminate her father’s involvement as conservator of the estate in new documents she and her attorney, Mathew Rosengart, filed two days prior. On November 12, 2021, Britney’s conservatorship was terminated.
What Is the Drama Between Jamie Spears and Britney’s Kids?
In August 2019, Kevin filed a police report and was granted a restraining order against Jamie after a fight involving Sean Preston, who was 13 at the time.
The emergency hearing took place three days after the incident, and the order prohibits Jamie from coming near Sean Preston and Jayden for three years, Us Weekly reported. It was granted with no opposition from Britney’s father.
It’s been a drama-filled journey for Britney and her kids. Keep scrolling to see photos.