The temporary child custody agreement reached between pop superstar Britney Spears and aspiring rapper Kevin Federline for January has been extended through the end of February. Both Spears and Federline are seeking sole custody of their two sons, nearly 5-month-old Jayden James Federline and 1-year-old Sean Preston Federline. Spears had submitted her petition to divorce Federline last November. He soon countersued for divorce and asked for spousal support (even though he and Spears had signed a prenuptial agreement before their marriage), as well as sole custody of their sons.
Under the temporary joint custody agreement, the boys will continue to live with Spears, and Federline will be allowed to visit his sons at her home on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 12n-4pm.
In other news about the former couple, certain news outlets are saying that Britney Spears has allegedly offered Federline a $25 million divorce settlement, which he has turned down because he allegedly wants $50 million.
In California, if a couple cannot agree on child custody terms, a judge will make the decision for them.
There are a number of considerations that a judge might look at when considering what kind of custody arrangement will best benefit the child:
· The age of the child (a child that is 12 years of age or older will be consulted regarding their preference)
· The child’s physical and mental health · The child’s established routine · The health of both parents · The lifestyle of each parent · The bond that each parent has with the child · The ability of each parent to support the child · The ability and openness of each parent to cultivating the bond between their child and the other parent.
If parents share joint custody of a child, they are expected to figure out a suitable living arrangement and visitation schedule that works best for the child. If they cannot reach an agreement, a California court will make these decisions for them.
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Britney, K-Fed continue joint custody of kids for February, Associated Press/Mercury News, February 1, 2007
Kevin Federline Turns Down $25 Million Britney Spears Offer, The Post Chronicle, January 31, 2007
Related Web Resources:
Child Custody, Cornell Law School
Divorce and Child Custody Resource Center, Nolo.com