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Britney Spears’ ex Kevin Federline has been granted 70 percent custody of the couple’s two children amid claims that Spears’ father was physically aggressive with one of the boys.
The couple previously split custody 50/50, but an unofficial agreement was put in place in August 2018 stipulating that Federline would have custody of their two sons 70 percent of the time, while Spears would have them 30 percent of the time, with unsupervised custodial rights, according to court documents obtained by E! News. That arrangement, with Federline as the primary custodial parent, was made official last week, the outlet reports.
Federline’s attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan said in a statement to E! News that his client “in no way” wants to stop his sons from having contact with Spears.
“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,” he said.
News of the custody arrangement comes amid claims that Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, was recently involved in a physical altercation with one of the boys, 13-year-old Sean. Kaplan told PEOPLE that Sean and his 12-year-old brother Jayden were spending time with their mother at Jamie Spears’ home on Aug. 24 when the alleged abuse occurred.
“There was a disagreement that occurred while Britney and the children were visiting with Jamie at his home that led to a physical altercation that was observed by Jayden,” Kaplan said. “Britney did the right thing and removed the children and took them out of there, but the trauma to the kids is nonetheless.”
Federline reportedly planned to file a police report the following day, in order to obtain an emergency protective order against his former father-in-law on behalf of the boys, Kaplan continued. However, they ultimately tried to reach a resolution with Spears and her lawyers, and decided against an “evidentiary hearing on the domestic violence order against Jamie,” Kaplan told the outlet.
Kaplan also denied that Spears is afforded unsupervised visits, stating instead that her time with her sons is supervised, and that Federline has had them for “90 percent of the time” for nearly a year.
Neither Spears nor her father have commented publicly on the current custody arrangement or allegations of abuse.
Spears’ mental health has made headlines numerous times this year, with the 37-year-old singer reportedly voluntarily checking herself into a mental health facility for a month in April, which inadvertently caused a stir among her fanbase. A vocal portion of her supporters claimed that Spears was forced into the treatment facility against her will, and some held in-person protests calling for her freedom before she voluntarily ended her brief hospitalization.
Spears’ father has also served as the conservator over his daughter for a number of years, and asked a judge to extend that arrangement, making it valid in more states, earlier this year. However, the conservatorship has come under question recently and is being re-examined in closed-door court hearings.
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