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Britney Spears loses custody of kids to ex-husband

Laura Vess | October 03, 2007

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LOS ANGELES — Pop princess turned has-been Britney Spears suffered a major blow in her ongoing child custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon ordered Spears to surrender her two children to Federline by today at noon. The decision came after Spears failed to follow previous orders regarding drug testing and taking parenting classes.

The order to give over her two children to Federline "until further ruling" took place in a private session earlier this week requested by Federline's lawyers. News of the decision quickly leaked to entertainment media sources across the Net. Gossip web site TMZ.com stated Judge Gordon made his decision based on Spears continued erratic behavior, frequent drug & alcohol usage and failure to submit to random, twice-weekly drug testing. In addition, Spears was told not to drink alcohol within 12 hours of being around her kids. She was also ordered to meet with a parenting coach, which she has not done. Official records of the decision have been sealed.

The final straw that tipped the scale, according to TMZ.com, was Spears violation this weekend of the judge's order not to drive her kids in her car without a valid California driver's license. Spears was spotted out driving around shopping with her kids in the vehicle. She is currently facing charges involving an accident in which she crashed into a parked car while driving without a license in August.

Rather than wait until the final deadline for surrendering Jayden James, 2, and Sean Preston, 1, to Federline, Spears handed over the two toddlers to Federline's bodyguards at a fast-food restaurant. According to a report by USMagazine.com, Spears dropped off the children and headed straight to the Epitome tanning salon in Bel Air. A photo posted on TMZ.com this evening shows a smiling Britney riding in the passenger side of a car after leaving the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills only hours after giving her sons up to her ex-husband. – Gay Link Content

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