Custody of BRITNEY SPEARS and KEVIN FEDERLINE’s two young sons will be settled
in a trial in August (08), after an attempt to settle out of court failed on
The pair spent the day in talks with a mediator, but Federline’s attorney
Mark Vincent Kaplan has confirmed no agreement could be reached.
He tells E! News, “The mediation didn’t result in an agreement that would
avoid the trial set in August.”
But he insists there was no breakdown in communication between the former
couple, adding, “The mood was comfortable, positive and it was a mood that was
consistent with opening at least a great dialogue, which is necessary.
“If the existing arrangement was acceptable to both parties… we wouldn’t
have to go to trial. But that didn’t happen.”
The trial is due to begin on 25 August (08), and would result in a final
Kaplan added that Federline is seeking sole physical and legal custody of
Sean Preston and Jayden James. Federline was handed full custody of the boys
after Spears was committed to a psychiatric facility to treat an alleged
bipolar disorder following a stand-off with police and childcare officials in
Spears locked herself and her youngest son in the bedroom of her Hollywood
home and initially refused to come out when a visitation period had ended.
Earlier this week (beg23Jun08), Spears was granted an extension to her
custody rights when a judge agreed she could spend one night a week with her