Britney wins more time with kids

Judge gives Britney more time with kids

Britney Spears is making progress in her custody battle – a court hearing yesterday ruled she will get more time with her sons during visitation.

It was not clear exactly how much extra time the singer will get, but Kevin Federline’s lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, described the order as an ‘expansion of time’. He added: ‘It is a cautious step, but a step forward nonetheless. We are seeing signs of [Britney’s] progress, and consistency over time is something welcome by Kevin …The children are doing great.’

Spears, with lawyer Blair Berk and both of her parents, smiled as she left the courtroom and headed for her SUV, but did not talk to the press.

Her parents, however, released a statement after the hearing, which read: ‘We are so pleased with Britney’s progress, and we are appreciative of the court’s recognition of this progress.’

Earlier, during a break in the hearing, the singer was seen looking teary-eyed. However, during a second break, she smiled and held her mother’s hand as she went back into the courtroom.

Spears has spent the last several months keeping a relatively low profile – and staying out of trouble. The singer was hospitalized at UCLA Medical Centre’s psych ward in January. Her custody arrangement has consisted of only monitored visitation rights with her sons, Preston, 2, and Jayden, 1, several times a week – but no overnight privileges. Her father and a lawyer maintain legal control of her affairs until a 31 July hearing.

Since her father took control of Spears’ life, the singer has been spending more time with her family – including her previously estranged mum. She recently attended a baby shower for her sister, Jamie Lynn, in their hometown of Kentwood.

Spears has also been hard at work filming her second appearance on How I Met Your Mother, which airs on 12 May.

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