Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon has ordered Britney Spears to attend a course called “Parenting Without Conflict”, to meet with a “parenting coach” at least twice a week for a total of eight hours and undergo twice-weekly random drug and alcohol testing.
Britney Spears is being described as a “habitual, frequent and continuous” user of alcohol and controlled substances. She and ex-husband Kevin Federline were also ordered to not consume alcohol or non-prescription controlled substances at least 12 hours prior to being with their children. (duh!)
The star must also attend a joint co-parenting counseling session with Kevin, both sides must decide on selection of a therapist by week’s end.
The commissioner also ruled that both sides are not allowed to use corporal punishment(spanking) on the kids, and must refrain from making “derogatory remarks” about each other and their families.
The ruling was handed down in Spears’s increasingly bitter custody dispute with Federline over their sons Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1. On Monday, a former bodyguard of the singer showed in court to testify about Spears’s drug use, but the court chose to not to hear his testimony.
Still, the judge said, that “based on the evidence presented, the court finds that there is a habitual, frequent and continuous use of controlled substances and alcohol by (Spears).” He didn’t say what that evidence was.
Despite the extensive orders, Spears and Federline’s current custody arrangement of 50-50 has not changed, the documents and attorneys for both sides confirm.
Federline, however, is seeking primary physical custody of the two children.
I like these recommendations. I wish that everyone had access to a good parenting coach. Even the best parents could learn a few things from someone who is not directly related to your family.
Britney hasn’t had anyone around her that could show her how to be a good mom for a while. She needs to start taking her boys to a Gymboree class or a playgroup so that they can play with other kids and learn to interact.