Britney Spears wins more time with sons

Tue May 6, 2008 5:28pm EDT
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By Syantani Chatterjee

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The judge hearing a custody battle between pop singer Britney Spears and her ex-husband granted her more time with their two sons on Tuesday after she was praised for trying to get her personal life back under control.

The lawyer representing Spears' ex-husband Kevin Federline in the extended legal wrangling told reporters the judge had extended her visitation rights, without providing details.

"We all see indicators of progress by Ms. Spears," Federline's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, told reporters after the closed door hearing, which heard a report on Spears by a mental health expert.

"What was a seemingly daily state of extreme flux has been stabilized," Kaplan said.

Spears, 26, turned up at court on time, demurely dressed in a brown polka-dot dress and cream cardigan, and accompanied by her parents. It was a striking contrast to weekly court sessions of a few months ago when she failed to appear or left abruptly.

Spears was stripped last October of legal and physical custody of Sean Preston, 2-1/2, and Jayden James, 20 months. She lost the right to visit them in January but Federline agreed in February that Spears could occasionally see the boys under supervision.

The singer has turned her life around in the past two months after a year of bizarre behavior and two brief hospitalizations in Los Angeles for psychiatric evaluation.

Spears' father Jamie Spears was granted control over her personal and business affairs in February, and the singer's former self-styled manager and constant companion, Sam Lutfi, has agreed to a restraining order that keeps him away.   Continued...

<p>Pop singer Britney Spears (L) leaves Los Angeles County Superior courthouse after a child custody status hearing May 6, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>