Britney Spears has arrived at the courthouse in downtown Los Angeles for a hearing to try to get more time with her two sons.
Earlier in the day, a lawyer for the singer asked a judge for overnight privileges, saying the children are psychologically harmed by being away from their mother.
Calling the current visitation schedule “disruptive” to the boys’ development, attorney Anne Kiley said Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, are roused from naps and taken from Spears at 3 p.m. on each visit.
Kiley added that Spears’s court-mandated monitor is willing to stay overnight to supervise the proposed visits, and suggested that Spears’s mother Lynne could also serve as a monitor, since the two had reconciled over the weekend.
Kevin Federline’s attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan said in a statement prior to the hearing that he objects to changes to the current visitation schedule.
“The fact that a party, one week after a full court hearing, attempts to change the orders of the court, in the absence of an emergency or without any new facts, suggests a continued lack of respect or understanding for what an order of the court actually means,” Kaplan said.
L.A. Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon initially rejected the overnight request, but asked both sides to confer privately.
Explaining why Spears hasn’t been granted more leeway with visitations, Gordon said Spears “made a conscious choice not to do anything” regarding his extensive Sept. 17 rulings, which called for random drug tests, and parenting classes and coaching.
Kiley explained her client “has trust issues” and was in a “transitional period” immediately after the Sept. 17 rulings.
“But we’re making progress,” Kiley said, adding that Spears “would’ve loved to attend today’s hearing” but was wary of the media crush.
It was also revealed that Spears has only had one session so far with her court-mandated parenting coach. In addition, the commissioner stated he has not seen any drug test results so far, although Spears attorney Sorrell Trope previously said she has passed more than one.